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Monty Russell: Local music phenomenon

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Lifetime of tunes keep man going
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Top Left Photo: Monty Russell Top Right Photo: Monty performs as a regular at Sundown Tavern and Portico Bar and Grill. Bottom Left Photo: Bethany Raybourn Bottom Right Photo: Monty helped Louisiana native Bethany Raybourn get her start in music by taking her to Nashville. This was taken during their trip.

It’s been said if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.
Most days local singer, songwriter Monty Russell said he agrees with that statement. Born in Haile, Louisiana in 1964, Monty moved to Ruston when he was 6 years old. Two years later, at the age of 8, Monty’s musical journey began. His grandfather Leon Russell taught him how to play the guitar by sliding a knife blade across an opened tuned guitar. Leon Russell was a barrelhouse piano, guitar and fiddle player who played every weekend. On one side of town, Leon played the fiddle and strings, while later that same night he would travel across town and perform a blues set.

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