Montana 1976 (left to right) Had Davis (vocals & harmonica), Rick Elzey (vocals & drums), Scott Pearlman (bass guitar), Mike Hamby (vocals & guitar), Jerry Newman (vocals & guitar & steel)
The original Montana had Jay Taylor on drums. Jerry joined later so Rick took over on drums
Montana promo pack cover
Billy Bruce in his Montana Daze
Scott Holton on fiddle with Montana. Scott went on to play bluegrass with Thin Ice musicians Andy Patterson, Marty Wilson, Imrie Anderson and James Rowe.
Instant White Boy 1974, formed by members of Montana. (left to right) Jon Pearlman (vocals & guitar), Scott Pearlman (vocals & bass) , Don Layman ( vocals & guitar), Jerry Fiveash (drums)
Scott Holton on fiddle and Mike Hamby on guitar
David Willimas clowns for the cameras
Jerry Newman on Keyboard
Hamby and Henderson Pickin' and Grinin"
The Impacts 1968 (left to right) Jon Pearlman, Steve Mullis, Scott Pearlman, Steve Mangum note that Jay Mullis was in the band but not in photo. I remember that we played the Valdosta junior high talent show intermission because I (Scott Pearlman) was only in the 6th grade, so we were ineligible for the contest.
Montana record recorded at Eastern Studios Valdosta 1976
- In Memory of Mike Hamby -
This photograph was taken at Mike Hamby's funeral in April 2005--shows everyone who attended who had something to do with the band. Most shown are musicians--I think every drummer Montana ever had is in there--Dale Durden, Billy Bruce, Merle Thompson, and is it Rick Spivey? He was the first or second drummer. Jeff Hamer ran sound for awhile--he's in there. David Williams and Jerry Newman played guitars and sang--Jerry played pedal steel. Mike Hamby's son is second from the left with the cowboy hat on.
Mike Hamby: R I P
Montana Reunion in Valdosta, GA at the City Market for First Friday on November 7th
The band's last performance.
Montana rocks the house at the City Market
L-R: Rick Elzy, Jerry Newman, Had Davis, Scott Pearlman, and David Williams.
Rick Elzy on keyboards
Scott Pearlman on guitar
Jerry Newman on steel guitar
David Williams on guitar
Jerry Newman and Had Davis blend vocal parts
The house was packed. Old timers who used to follow Montana were there: younger folk who just like good music were there. Everyone enjoyed the final performance of Montana.
L-R Rick Elzy, Jerry Newman, Scott Pearlman, Had Davis
Other photos contributed by Kim Johnston below
Tim Teasley joins Montana on keyboard, Scott Pearlman on bass, Dale Durden on drums and Jerry Newman on steel guitar
Scott Pearlman chats with a fan while the band is on break
Rick Elzy smiles for the camera
David Williams sings a tune
Scott Pearlman on resonator guitar
Had Davis with his trademark harmonica
Dale Durden, one of the best drummers to come out of the Valdosta area
Jerry Newman on steel guitar
Jerry Newman getting ready to "pick" a tune on the mandolin as Had Davis ponders the lyrics