EXCITED doesn’t begin to describe how we are about “You Can’t Shake” from Bonnie Montgomery featuring Rosie Flores! These Ameripolitan Award winners (both living in Austin, TX) teamed up to give you a hot rocker perfect for this hot summer weather!
AWARD-WINNING HONKY TONK SONGSTRESS BONNIE
MONTGOMERY SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘YOU CAN’T SHAKE’
New Track Produced by Rockabilly Icon Rosie Flores
Award–winning singer/songwriter Bonnie Montgomery has shared her propulsive new single ‘You Can’t Shake’ to be released digitally on August 9. Produced by country/rockabilly icon Rosie Flores, the track was recorded at yellow DOG Studios in Wimberley, TX. Not only does ‘You Can’t Shake’ showcase Montgomery’s artistic versatility and vocal prowess, it also features Flores’ extraordinary guitar shredding.
Of the song, Montgomery says, ‘You Can’t Shake’ is “a song I wrote about resilience and having a spirit that can’t be broken. Rosie [Flores] heard it and wanted to cut it with me and produce. I promptly said ‘hell yes’ and she gave it the full rock-n-roll Rosie Flores treatment.”
This is the first new recording from Montgomery since the release of her critically lauded album ‘Forever’ (2018) which drew praise from Paste (“timeless songwriting”), Popmatters (“stunningly authentic, honest-to-goodness songwriting reminiscent of the old country greats”) and more. The Arkansas native has been touring extensively in support of this release including a continuous run with one of Texas music’s biggest legends, Ray Wylie Hubbard. In addition, Montgomery recently won the Ameripolitan Outlaw Female of the Year (2016), ACMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2018) and ACMA Americana Artist of the Year (2018/2019).
Though Montgomery is known for her sublime vocals and musical storytelling, the classically trained opera singer also gained notoriety for composing “The Billy Blythe Opera” in 2016. The short-length opera about Bill Clinton’s youth in Hot Springs, AR has earned the attention of The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more.
“…She really sets herself apart from other traditional women of country and her contemporaries. Bonnie Montgomery is here telling country music that she is strong-willed and has a true outlaw attitude.” –Country Perspective
“Bonnie Montgomery is a sophisticated bad-ass who was born to sing.” -Dale Watson
“She got it goin’ on.” -Ray Wylie Hubbard
“Montgomery’s music sent listeners through time to the era of Patsy, Loretta and the Hanks…not bad for a girl from small town Arkansas.”–No Depression
Canadian Rob wrote a profound song, a sad song, a song not to enjoy but to savor.
She invites me to her room; One that she’ll be leaving soon
Eyes that tell with no regret; Secrets I’m too young to get
Maybe I’m not ready yet
I start to play she sings along almost like she wrote the song
She remembers how it goes all those words and all those notes
That I’d forgotten why I wrote
Heaven knows that the most important days of our lives
Are the day we were born and the day we learn why
Laid bare in her hospital gown and all the ways it strips you down
Its such a humbling sight to see her finding in that melody
A part of who she used to be
Though I came here to entertain she seems to have forgot her pain
I tell myself “She’s showing you the purpose in this thing you do
I wonder who is helping who.”
Edmonton-based singer/songwriter Rob Heath is first and foremost a storyteller. Nothing human is alien to Heath; hence he has a keen eye for observance of the human condition and an ardent ear for putting it all to music.
Heath’s songs speak of the lessons- good and bad- he has obviously learned during his life. Emotionally, he resides in a borderless world. His songs run the gamut from: whimsical, skeptical, explosive, introspective, hopeful, heart-rending, brooding, clever, and at times simply about true love and all of them brutally honest.
The concept of being concise does not escape him, and he presents astute assessments of life in a three to four minute format. The delivery is succinct, and his approach is what makes Heath’s vocals noteworthy. His phrasing allows the lyric to shine.
There’s myriad subject matter and musical styles, yet there is a tie that binds. It’s that Heath’s music is relatable poetry, supported by listener-stickable melodies.
The quality of Heath’s songwriting has been widely recognized. Over the years accolades for his songs have been many: won first place in the Calgary Folk Music Festival “Songwriting Contest”, won the New Folk competition at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, and won a Canadian Radio Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year”, nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award’s “Songwriter of the Year”. Over 200 radio stations on six continents have played his music, and he’s been on songwriting panels for AMIA, WCMA and SAC. He has had publishing deals with Glen Campbell Music, Don Goodman Music and Criterion/Atlantic Music.