James Montgomery Almost Took The Wrong Trip

11/04/2013
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(The Blues) Blues harpist James Montgomery talks in a new interview about a moment in his early career when he nearly abandoned the blues as a result of taking LSD.

He was at school in the 1960s when he was inspired to start playing harmonica and joined the Milk River Jug Band but they were older than him and the outfit split when his colleagues left for college.

"I started the Montgomery-Miller Band. We played Chicago and Detroit style blues and we were pretty successful," Montgomery tells MetroWest. "Then in my junior year of high school I took some LSD. The next morning I changed the name of the band to The Great Cosmic Expanding!" Fortunately the experimental direction proved to be just that.

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