What Makes It Real
How about a little Neil Young infused with some Allman Brothers and a dash of Ray Lamontagne? Check out guitarist/songwriter Jeff Monkman's CD 'What Makes It Real'. Bio: My musical journey started at age five with a few guitar lessons and learning some old folk tunes. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music I set out to Nashville and joined the songwriting community. I was quickly dragged into the world of 'guitarist for hire' road work. This occupation soon got old and artistically very unrewarding. So I started focusing on my writing as my priority in life. With the ultimate goal of having a collection of songs that are purely me and reflect my perspectives and life's experiences both musically and personally. I felt combining this approach with my guitar skills would yield some good results. So after a lot of growth as a writer and personally, I feel that I am now writing and recording music that is purely me. This album was written and recorded independently without a producer or engineer and free from time restraints. I believe that this approach has allowed the songs to develop more naturally. I played almost all of the instruments on this CD. Lots of Fender guitars, vintage amps, Martin copies, a cheap bass and vocal mic.