In Rock, there is truth to the old adage that you’re known by the company you keep. A good many artists’ careers have been fast-tracked merely by virtue of opening shows for bigger artists whose audiences helped vault them to the next level.
The latest example of this musical largesse is the Ryan Montbleau Band, a Boston-area unit that has built a substantial and loyal audience over the past year by opening and being the backing band for revered singer/songwriter Martin Sexton, who in turn took them out on his opening slots for the Dave Matthews Band. In a further expansion of the band’s audience, Montbleau wrote the single “Something Beautiful” and co-wrote the song “One Night Only” for Backatown, the thumping major label debut from Trombone Shorty.
The Ryan Montbleau Band plays the Southgate House Thursday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice recommendation.