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TrouBeliever Fest – August 3-4, 2018 – Snowbasin Resort, UT

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The premier singer songwriter music festival started by Monty’s band, TROUBADOUR 77, starring Grammy winners Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, plus Shawn Colvin, Troubadour 77 and more!  It will be a 2-day event with  primitive camping, trailer and RV spaces available and Glamping provided by Barebones Living for those interested in a high-end camping experience.   Get your tickets:

Rolling Stone Article


TROUBADOUR 77 to Release New Album!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017


Album Release Party with Fans at O.P. Rockwell in Park City on Dec 1st

 SALT LAKE CITY – Troubadour 77, a new band on the scene co-founded by Grammy award-winning songwriters and husband-wife duo Anna Wilson (piano/lead vocals) and Monty Powell (guitar/vocals), formerly of Nashville, will release their debut album Selma Avenue on Friday, December 1 with an exclusive pre-release at iTunes beginning November 11.  Together Wilson and Powell formed T77, as they are sometimes referred to, with fellow members Nathan Chappell (drums) and another pair of husband-wife musical collaborators, Austin Weyand (guitar) and Kassie Weyand (bass).

They are writing and performing new music in an effort to carry the torch of the 70s Laurel Canyon, Southern California sound that is reminiscent of the classic singer-songwriters that influenced and helped define their generation.  That metaphorical flame has been fully ignited on Selma Avenue and they will be celebrating the music at their album release party to a hometown crowd at OP Rockwell (268 Main Street, Park City, UT) on Friday, December 1st.  Tickets will be $10.00 and are available for pre-purchase at



Monday, July 8th, 2013

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Songwriters Circle: MONTY POWELL

Urban Country News – July 7, 2013 (by Liv Carter)

An in depth interview with Monty Powell about the songs that make up his debut album “47 Minutes of Your Time”.

Lyrics & Liner Notes for “47 Minutes of Your Time”

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

51 and 47 are big numbers for me. …First, it took 51 years before I recorded an album on me as an artist. Second, the record is 47 minutes long. I am asking those who can, to relax, sit quietly and listen top to bottom for 47 minutes like albums were listened to in the old days.

I wrote, sang, played, engineered, mixed everything on the record and I have never been happier with anything that I have been a part of. For me this collection of songs was a chance to write with out having to think about the industry, or money, or someone else’s artistic vision. I have been as personal, poetic and introspective as I wanted to be.

For me, I was always happiest when artists left themselves at the center of the process and I got to have a listener’s voyeuristic view of their world. Invariably I would find my story, my answers and myself in their work no matter how personal it was. John Denver, Harry Chapin, James Taylor, Don Mclean, Joni Mitchell and many others sang precise and poeticsongs about personal journeys that informed my youth and led me to becomea songwriter. When they opened their hearts, my heart opened as well. I hope the same is true for my listeners.

These songs are my personal stories. Every line references something either real or literary or both and they often have multiple meanings and references. I have tried to bring all of my craft and experience to the table, exploring complex rhyme and alliteration schemes while telling my story through the visuals that I have experienced or created from cobbling together my past as it collided with pop culture and literature along the way.


CLICK HERE to access Liner notes to “47 Minutes of Your Time”

“47 Minutes of Your Time” Monty Powell new on iTunes!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Golden Globe Nomination “Best Original Song”!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Monty Powell and Keith Urban have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for their song “For You” from the movie “Act of Valor”. The film highlights the work of active Navy Seals who try to stop a worldwide terror plot. The awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 and air Live on NBC. Powell says, “As happy as I am for myself and Keith with this Golden Globe nomination, I am even happier for all the men and women in uniform whose ultimate sacrifices provided the true heart and soul for this song.

Those earning Best Original Song Motion Picture nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are:

Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
Music by: Jon Bon Jovi
Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi
Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth
Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by: Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil

Keith Urban/Monty Powell’s song “For You” Nominated Best Song Critics’ Choice Awards

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Keith Urban‘s song “For You” has been nominated for Best Song at the Critics’ Choice Awards from The Broadcast Film Critics Association. “For You” was co-written by Urban and Monty Powell. The winners will be announced live during a ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 p.m. ET.
“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Actor of Valor
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Miserables
“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave

Billy Dean Rolls In For Pioneer Days

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Billy Dean rolls in for Pioneer Days
Story by Linda East Brady , Standard-Examiner staff – Jul 13 2012 – 12:58am
Billy Dean will perform at 8 p.m. July 18 at the Ogden Amphitheater.
Billy Dean
When: 8 p.m. July 18,
Ogden Amphitheater
343 Historic 25th St.
Admission: $10.
Tickets: Smith’s Tix
Wed, Jul 18 – 8:00 pm
Group: Ogden Pioneer Days 2012
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Story: Billy Dean rolls in for Pioneer Days
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Story: Pickleball becomes part of Ogden’s Pioneer Days
Story: No, pickleball was not named after a dog

Billy Dean may locate out of Music City, aka Nashville. But he has also left part of his heart in Utah.

He is coming to play a show on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ogden Amphitheater to launch the city’s Pioneer Days celebrations. Dean is performing with his own band, as well as Monty Powell, a hit songwriter who lives in Huntsville.

The Florida-born Dean has been playing the Beehive State for many years. It all started almost two decades ago, when he came to scout the Sundance Resort as a guest, thinking he might like to play there.

“I met a kid there who took my luggage up to my room,” said Dean, calling from his farm outside Nashville. “He was a sweet kid. He sang, and I thought he was pretty good. I invited him out to Nashville, to stay on the farm and check it out.”

Dean’s young friend died a few years later in a Utah snowmobile accident. Dean attended the funeral.

“He was a member of the Mormon Church. I was very touched by them, kind of fell in love with his family and friends. So then I started working out there more often. I’m glad I did, because my music seems to really work out there.”

Utah connections

In Nashville, Dean became friends with singer Anna Wilson and her songwriter husband, Monty Powell, who now base out of the Ogden Valley.

“They’ve moved out there (to Utah) more or less permanently,” he said. “So we made a vow we would try and get together out there and play more.”

Wilson had a scheduling conflict that week, but Powell is onboard for the show.

“He is amazing,” Dean said, who admits to enjoying his own songwriting craft, but struggling at times. “Monty is the real thing — wrote ‘Days Go By’ and ‘Sweet Thing’ for Keith Urban, and ‘One of These Days You’re Gonna Love Me’ for Tim McGraw and a bunch of other stuff.

“And he is a good musician, too. We’re going to have a fun band and a big jam session out there at the amphitheater.”

Dean hopes to see one or two other musical friends with Utah roots while in town. He mentioned his admiration for the music of Thurl Bailey, whom he met at a Jazz game, and whose work Dean admires.

“And then one of my buddies –we actually met years ago in Atlanta — Marvin Goldstein? We ran into each other at an airport a few years ago. And he said, ‘I got to talk to you. You know, I am LDS now.’ ”

Dean, unfamiliar with that nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he responded with, ” ‘Hey, don’t you worry about it, I am ADD.’ ” He laughed. “Well, then he explained it to me, and I was real happy for him. And it was great, because we got together and did some religious songs.”

The resulting album was “Christ (A Song for Joseph),” released in 2005. It was well-received by the LDS community, so much so that Dean was invited to play with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir last New Year’s Eve.

“I really do love it out there — a lot of fun and a lot of good people. They appreciate good music, purpose-driven but not preachy. Fun, positive, cool and clever songs — they get it. In Nashville, it is almost like you have to have a little whiskey in your music — and that is fine, too, but out in Utah, I get inspired to write about things like going though life as a dad, a husband, a family guy, as well as a musician.”

DIY guy

Dean has had a successful music career; his single “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” was the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year in 1991, and he also was recognized then as New Male Vocalist of the Year. He also won the Country Music Television Rising Star Award, Nashville Songwriter Association International’s Song of the Year, and a Grammy for his work on a country gospel album, “Amazing Grace.”

He has made 12 albums and has his own music publishing company, Billy Dean Music Group. He’s been honored by the Tennessee House of Representatives with a day in his name.

After that run, Dean stepped back a bit, taking eight years to be with his young family by mostly leaving the road until returning to touring in 2009.

“Now my kids are grown, I am ready to have some fun, lighten up and play music,” he said.

The music world has changed since Dean was first signed by a major label — back when the company’s staff would take an artist under its wings and handle the fine print.

But the DIY nature of today’s music business suits Dean. He is now working to get his previous albums more readily available again.

“In our world, you better own everything you can of your work,” he said. “And really, this is the busiest I’ve been in a long time, getting it all done. We are manufacturing all my old catalog, the original CDs. They’ve been on iTunes and all, but physical copies have been out of circulation for a while.”

The CDs will also include bonus tracks never released before. And Dean will release a new record with 10 new songs.

“It is a huge project — 17 new songs I have to get together. But it is fun. I have a home studio to rough things out. And then, for the live recording, I like to get a bunch of musicians in a studio, on the edge of their seat, playing live together. Something fresh and new — it starts there.

“These days, the more authentic and raw it sounds, the better. You can still make it that way, even if overuse of technology in recent years may make you think different. What I tell my engineers is, ‘When the hair stands up on your arms, quit turning the knobs.’ The job is to connect — and that’s when you can tell you’ve done the job right.”

Grammy On The Hill Video, Monty Powell, John Mayer etc.

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Montanna Mix Room Earns 2012 Best of Class Studio Design Award

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Once Again, Carl Tatz Design (CTD) Goes to the Head of the Class as Mix Magazine Honors CTD with the “Class of 2012” Studio Design Award June 22nd, 2012

— Nashville’s MontAnna Mix Room personal studio, featuring the Carl Tatz Design Signature Series by Auralex and CTD PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, is chosen as one of the hottest new studios for Mix’s annual “Class Of” Studio Design Issue —

Nashville, TN: “It’s clearly the leading technology in monitoring,” comments uber-successful songwriter/producer Monty Powell about the new-generation PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) in his new MontAnna Mix Room designed by Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD). “If I build ten more studios, which I hope I don’t,” jokes Powell, “everyone of them will have a PhantomFocus System in it – I can’t imagine mixing without it.”

Multi-award-winning, Billboard chart-topping songwriter/producer Monty Powell and wife, jazz artist Anna Wilson, called on personal studio guru Carl Tatz for a second time when they decided to downsize and move from their beloved Nashville home that housed a beautiful Carl Tatz Design studio with 20’ tall ceilings in the tracking room into a posh new townhouse mix room nearby. The mix room design features a custom application of the Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex acoustic treatment system, with its now-familiar trademark Acoustic Lens™ modules.

“We started with a small upstairs bedroom and broke through the rear wall to create a very effective wide-band low frequency absorber partition that separates the mix room from the equipment room,” explains Tatz. “And then we broke through the left wall into the former laundry room to add a very comfortable vocal/overdub booth with floor-to-ceiling glass that is mimicked on the right wall with the Acoustic Lens.”

The fit and finish of the room is very polished, but as Carl points out, “Even without the high customization that Monty and Anna requested, the combination of the PhantomFocus System along with my basic Signature Series by Auralex, audio professionals can have a truly world-class mix room, way beyond anything they could imagine, at an affordable price point.”

Since this successful couple is spending most of their time now in their Utah home when they are not gigging around the country at various jazz venues with Anna or songwriting on the road with the likes of country superstars Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and others, it makes perfect sense to make this transition. The move reflects a trend where many personal studio owners prefer to track in a commercial studio that has all the amenities you would expect in a professional tracking room and spend the remaining 90 percent of the time overdubbing and mixing in their own facility.

“It’s always a great compliment to be asked back by your client to design a second room, and Monty and Anna are so much fun to work with, both being very creative people with lots of enthusiastic ideas,” says Tatz. “And upgrading their PhantomFocus System was the maraschino cherry on top of the cake. They were very happy with their existing PFS, but when I convinced them that they should experience the new system at another studio, their mouths dropped – it sold itself.”