SONG OF THE DAY The Montgomery Express – The Montgomery Movement

The Mongomery Express consisted of two blind vocalists in their 20’s and several teenage “groovemasters” from Indiantown, Florida.  Founded and directed by Mr. Sandy Montgomery and known as the Montgomery Express, the group originated in the early 70’s and created a contrasting brew of rousing funk songs and sweet, soulful R&B numbers.

Known as “funk’s answer to the Five Blind boys of Alabama”, the band only played together for just under two years, but their one and only album is still highly sought after, fetching over £200 for the pressing issued on Folkways Records –  The Montgomery Movement was cut in 1972 for Orlando’s Dove label, then reissued on Folkways two years later.  The album balances a nice measure of politically-fuelled vocal tracks alongside some groove-laden funk-driven instrumentals, which are by far my favourite! You will see what I mean with today’s song! This is the records title track and cuts a groove that is tight on the beat and loose on the melody! Laid-back and swanky! Check it out above.

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