2014 Nominee – Tribute Artist of the Year – 24th Annual LA Music Awards
Swan Montgomery, Vocals, Harmonica
Born in Drogheda, Ireland, David Swan Montgomery is an Irish entrepreneur, musician, vocalist and producer/engineer most notable as the lead singer of internationally successful tribute band “Led Zepagain. Montgomery is the voice of “Robert Plant” and has helped with the continued the success of Led Zepagain which was founded twenty years ago in Ventura, California by Tracy Longo. Swan is the longest severing member. The group has toured the world including the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, etc., performing sold out shows worldwide in major international venues, concert halls, performing arts centers, etc. Swan was also invited to perform on stage with The Who vocalist Roger Daltry as well as being a guest vocalist with many other internationally known musicians. As a solo artist, Swan is about to release his second solo CD of original world music with co-writer Bo Weinberg (2014 release) as well as a CD called The MurMurators with former Windham Hill artist Carol Tatum (composer/musician), who wrote two CDs for the Zeppelin-inspired rock group “Kingdom Come” on Polydor Records (2011 release). Carol is the founder and composer/arranger for her group “Angels Of Venice. Swan Montgomery is also an accomplished producer and engineer who worked on currently released CDs by Paul Kelly (“Enchantment”) and Cynthia Romo (“The Journey”) as well as composing for and producing young pop vocalist Sinead from Dundalk, Ireland. Swan is also a partner in the creation of a PBS/NatGeo-style documentary entitled “The High Man” (or “tall man”) based on ancient sites and roads of Ireland corresponding to the constellation Orion. Along with Irish friends and astronomers Richard Moore and Anthony Murphy, a 40 minute pilot was shot with Anthony narrating and Swan providing the soundtrack, with each original song corresponding to the ancient landmarks that delineate the shape of the “tall man.” Marketing plans include a DVD, soundtrack CD plus a “High Man” coffee table book, T shirts, posters, etc. Swan is currently seeking investors for “The High Man” project as well as the multimedia production of “Evermore.” Swan Montgomery currently lives in Los Angeles. Swan has currently reached beyond the bounds of Led Zepagain’s electric show and created “Symphony To Heaven,” a full-production acoustic show featuring custom visuals and an Quartet playing original string arrangements to many of Zeppelin’s classic acoustic songs. In addition, Swan and his partner Bo Weinberg have recently created “Evermore,” a full-scale multimedia production on par with the scale of a “Cirque de Soleil”-type show or the Beatles “Love” show, currently in development.
Jim Wootten, Bass, Keyboards , Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Led Zepagain multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten comes from a very musical family that bred many professional musicians, most notably, his father Red Wootten who played bass with Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman to name a few, and his uncle and aunt, world renown recording artists Les Paul and Mary Ford who had 16 top ten hits in the 1950’s. “I feel extremely blessed to have grown up in a family that was so musically inclined. It instilled in me a love for music and inspired me to pursue my own dream of becoming a professional musician. Jim’s hallmark is his attention to detail and has played in a variety of original and cover bands over the years, mainly concentrating on tribute bands over the last 13 years.“ I particularly enjoy playing in tribute bands because of the challenge of trying to replicate an artist’s music with note for note accuracy.” Jim fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones masterfully; covering bass, keyboards, mandolin, bass pedals, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars and backing vocals. Jim’s other tribute projects include the popular southern California tributes The Long Run “Experience the Eagles” and 4 Way Street “Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”.
Jim Kersey, Drums and Percussion.
With his amazing feel for the late, great,John “Bonzo” Bonham, drummer Jim Kersey leaves audiences shouting for more, especially after every performance of Zeppelin`s classic drum solo epic “Moby Dick”. A highly-accomplished drummer, Jim has performed, and/or recorded with Vivian Campbell (Dio,Def Leppard), Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Coco Montoya, B.B.Chung King, the Mamas and the Papas, and the James Montgomery Band, to name just a few. He received his degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and has studied drums and percussion with Carmine Appice, Gary Chaffee, and legendary drummer, Joe Porcaro. Jim is also an in-demand session drummer, and recently recorded tracks for Joe Porcaro`s new book/cd, “Drumset Method” Grooving with Rudiments, published by Hal Leonard Company.