Meet Your NYSMusic Staff Writer: Garrett Montgomery

Garrett Montgomery joined the NYSMusic staff in 2014, covering The Mad Tea Party Jam. During the summer of 2014, he tag-teamed many shows with long-time friend and NYSMusic photographer Chris Cleary, covering MTPJ, Umphrey’s McGee, Luna Light Festival, Catskill Chill, and other festivals together. Contributing to NYSMusic gives Montgomery the opportunity to combine his love for music and writing; he has enjoyed interviewing bands such as Consider the Source and TAUK and writing features on venues such as The Bardavon 1869 Opera House.

Highlights in Montgomery’s career since joining NYSMusic include covering and photographing Umphrey’s McGee on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, getting to know folks in the scene, and exploring many beautiful venues in New York. Sharing his musical experiences through the NYSMusic medium has been a great privilege and Montgomery only hopes to improve in 2015 and beyond.

Montgomery grew up heavily influenced by his parents’ love of classic rock and is a huge Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, and Queen fan. He attended Mountain Jam as a high school senior in 2007 and was awestruck by the entire experience and one act in particular– Umphrey’s McGee. He has been to 39 subsequent UM shows and identifies as an Umphreak.

When not attending concerts, Montgomery is an avid Mets and Rangers fan. He also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and hanging out with his yellow lab, Ajax. He has lived in Montana and New Zealand but his heart is in the Hudson Valley.

His musical bucket list includes attending an Eminem show and partying together after, going on a date with Taylor Swift, and raging at an Umphrey’s concert with at least three generations of Montgomerys one day. When asked about his taste in music, Montgomery says, “I used to be all about the blues but now, I usually say ‘funk it.'”