The rig that has been seeing the most action these days!
The Lake Travis Fiddlers...wow what a talented group of kids! Anna Macias is one great band leader and a wonderful encourager!
Bob Appel and Vance Hazen...two of the most talented and kindest musicians in Austin. Keeping country music and western swing alive and well!
Redd Volkaert...Master of the Telecaster, not to mention the funniest guy I know. He has taught me so much. I am truly grateful to call him my friend...and guitar hero!
My name is Ment Morris. I am a guitarist out of Austin, Texas. I started playing guitar at the age of 11. I originally wanted to play the drums, but after seeing several guys a year older than me play guitar for my elementary school's music production (and the not so fortunate non-musical guys, get stuck playing recorder), I decided that I wanted to be a guitarist. I even went so far to say that I wanted to be a rockstar in my fifth grade bio featured in the yearbook.
My earliest memories of guitar oriented music were listening to Rush's "Moving Pictures", Brian Setzer's "The Dirty Boogie", and Pink Floyd's "Momentary Lapse of Reason" in my dad's car. Rush and Pink Floyd hooked me on Progressive Rock. Through finding many great (and many not so great 70s Prog groups), I discovered a guitarist named Steve Howe who played unlike anyone I had heard before. In researching his influences, I discovered guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, and Jimmy Bryant.
Although I had various lessons throughout my life as a guitarist, it wasn't until my senior year that I had a huge revelation about the guitar. I became really interested in country music after I read Brad Paisley's book, "Diary of a Player". In the book, he mentioned that one of his greatest influences is a guitarist named Redd Volkaert who lives in Austin. Extremely interested in who this could be, I YouTube'd his name. All I can say about the video I watched...woah! Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a guitarist rooted in country music but able to pull out any style. I had to get lessons from Redd. Sure enough, my dad reached out to him, and he was very kind to offer lessons. It was in my first lessons that I had my "guitar-velation": It's OK to steal as many licks as possible. All the greats did it, and that's how they developed "their sound". Up until that point, I was listening to music and trying to emulate what I heard, but never getting right to the source. Ever since then I've been trying to steal as much as I can and incorporate it into my playing. It is a slow process, but it sure is fun!
In December 2016 I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies, with an emphasis in music business and entrepreneurship, from Berklee College of Music. I privately teach in home lessons to 20+ students and online to people all over the world in the form of Skype, group, and pre-recorded video lessons.
I currently play with my own honky tonk/western swing group- "The Rewinders" . Additionally, I play as a sideman for Bob Appel, The Lake Travis Fiddlers, and other local artists. Checkout the "Shows" page for more info on when I'll be playing!