Susanville’s Caleb Montgomery releases first single, ‘Whiskey Talks’

Rising independent country singer-songwriter Caleb Montgomery has signed with Nashville-based record label Label22 ahead of his inaugural single, “Whiskey Talks.”

Susanville’s Caleb Montgomery releases his first single, “Whiskey Talks.” Photo by Miah Jimenez.

“I met Caleb roughly six years ago while playing a concert in his hometown, said Stephen Cochran, award-winning singer-songwriter and CEO of Label22 Records. “His dad, Chris, and I became fast friends and remained in contact over the years. Once I heard what Caleb had been working on, I knew we had to be involved. Signing Caleb to Label22Records was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. If you think ‘Whiskey Talks’ is great, which we all do … stay tuned. We got a lot more where that came from.”

Caleb’s music combines neo-traditional and Western styles, infused with a troubadour approach to lyric writing that is perfect for storytelling. His songwriting style draws inspiration from the slow and swinging styles of Conway Twitty and Sturgill Simpson, as well as the raw and honest songs of Tyler Childers.

“Whiskey Talks” was inspired by the tales of horses, rodeos, and relationships that Caleb exchanged with his friends in the rodeo community, including rodeo cowboys, working cowboys, ranchers, and farmers.

Caleb expresses his motivation — “I craft music that mirrors real life, capturing both its highs and lows. I aim to reassure people – particularly young adults and the working-class facing heartbreak, loss and challenges – that they are not alone in their struggles. I want young men to embrace their emotions, forging a connection with the music and its message, rather than succumbing to societal pressures to bottle up their feelings. In a world marked by division, I aspire to be a source of healing.”

Caleb has become a captivating performer, having graced stages across the United States, from Tennessee to California. In 2024, he will return to Nashville to perform at various venues, including the Country Radio Seminar in February, to celebrate his debut album, Food Stamps Don’t Buy Flowers, set to be released via Label22 in the spring.

The album features over 10 original songs written by Caleb. In addition to his Nashville performances, Caleb will play the fairground and festival circuit in his home state of California, including shows at the Susanville Cowboy Festival and the Lassen County Fair in Susanville.

WhiskeyRiff editor Aaron Ryan adds, “If you’re a fan of traditional country music, you’ll love Caleb Montgomery. With songwriting that’s well beyond his years and a sound that’s somehow both classic and fresh, he’s a promising up-and-comer that we’re going to be hearing a lot from in the years to come — and I can’t wait.”

Hailing from Susanville, California, Caleb boasts a family lineage deeply rooted in music, spanning generations. On his mother’s side, a family band played classic tunes, while his father’s lineage has strong country roots, tracing back to his great-grandfather, a collaborator with Buck Owens and Lefty Frizel. Caleb’s father, Chris Montgomery, showcased his musical talents at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville alongside Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Tanya Tucker and Crystal Gayle during the 1994 holiday special.

Chris has collaborated with notable artists Toby Keith, Marty Stuart, Little Texas, and Mark Chesnutt. Caleb’s journey with the guitar began at the age of five, and after his father imparted the basics with a simple D-chord, Caleb took charge of his musical education.

“Whiskey Talks” is available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify. Visit his website for additional information about Caleb, his music, and upcoming events.

About Caleb Montgomery
Caleb Montgomery is an independent country singer-songwriter. His music is a unique blend of neo- traditional and Western styles, infused with troubadour-style lyrics that are perfect for storytelling. As one of the newest artists signed to Nashville-based Label22, Caleb is releasing his first single “Whiskey Talks” ahead of his debut full-length album titled Food Stamps Don’t Buy Flowers, which will launch in the spring of 2024.

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