Starting out on drums, the L.A.-bred Montoya hooked up in the mid-'70s with Albert Collins, when the late blues master was in need of a touring drummer. The guitar legend's energy and intensity clicked resoundingly with rock listeners, and he tutored his young drummer in many a hotel room. When gigs got scarce, Montoya returned to L.A. and to the woodshed. He was jamming at a local bar when John Mayall -- no slouch at judging guitar talent -- showed up. Montoya's prowess put him in line to follow Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor into the lead guitar slot of Mayall's re-formed Bluesbreakers for 10 years. Montoya went solo in 1995, amassing a respectable catalog last added to in 2002 with Can't Look Back, a top-notch crossover blues effort dosed with minor-keyed torch ballads, a flash of Motown, and heaps of rock power.
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