Ronnie Montrose ranks as one of the musicians most admired by fellow guitarists but underappreciated by music fans. Several fine players pay tribute to Montrose on 10 X 10 the album he began recording when he died five years ago. Working with with Styx and Kiss veterans Ricky Phillips and Eric Singer on the project, Montrose planned to feature 10 other musicians he had high regard for. Phillips committed himself to getting the album completed to honor Montrose. The release drops on September 29 and will feature Sammy Hagar (a member of Ronnie's self-named band) Joe Bonamassa, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple mainstay Glenn Hughes, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Styx veteran Tommy Shaw, Toto's Steve Lukather and more.
Phillips considers the music Montrose was making at the time of his death some of the best of his career. "His songs still have the fire and angst of a youndg rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar speak'. On 10 X 10 we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar on Heavy Traffic, all the way t the closing song, I'm Not Lying, which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower.
A bonus edition of the album will include a number of demo songs and 11 songs recorded in the early '70's during studio performances at San Francisco's KSAN.