“Right Time To Win” continues to cement Kelsey Montanez as one of the most captivating and dynamic emerging independent artists. Trading pop for Bluegrass, Montanez demonstrates her versatility and range, as comfortable atop the country charts as playing in a smoky blues lounge. Montanez’ voice is as electric as ever: at once intimate and iron hot, floating above the bright twang of acoustic guitars and surly, lowdown backbeat. Matched with clever lyrics, conjuring the images of a dangerous saloon to mull the existential ups and downs, “Right Time to Win” is a bold and magnetic track, perfect for barreling down life’s highway.
Kelsey Montanez is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets. Both intimate and ecstatic, smokey and scorching, her potent blend of blues, pop, and psychedelia has been turning heads for over a decade. Among the singer-songwriter’s many talents, it’s Montanez’s arresting voice that has captured a devoted fanbase. It comes as no surprise that her visceral 2013 EP “A Delightful Sadness” scored her a record contract and music video with Chance the Rapper on lead single “Out of Sight.” True to her strong sense of independence, Montanez subsequently opted to pursue her own uncompromising artistic vision. It took a pandemic worth of isolation and heartbreak to transform that raw power into the refined spectacle that is her first record in over a decade. Bolstered by the pristine production of Bill Karambelas and internationally acclaimed session musicians, her music is both transcendent and catchy, demonstrating the songwriter’s range and ability to transform deeply personal lyrics into searing and seductive rock. While conjuring vocalists like Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, Montanez possesses her own unmistakable voice. Kelsey Montanez has been listed in the Chicago REDEYE as “15 artists to Watch” and celebrated in the Chicago Reader and Chicago Tribune. Montanez has headlined prominent Chicago venues such as the Metro, House of Blues, as well as festivals such as SXSW. Recently, Montanez was awarded the 2020 Magellan Musician in Residence at the historic Aqua Building.
March 18th/The Cubby Bear/ Chicago/8pm