Red Mountain

This popular bar band loves the thrill of live performance.

by Joe O’Donnell Photos by Liesa Cole

Originally formed in 2011, Red Mountain features Ben Guthrie, Dylan Palombo, Jeremy Milam, Billy Murphree and Matthew Smith. Performing live shows in various bars and night clubs around the city, as well as locally sponsored events such as the 2012 Magic City Brewfest at Sloss Furnace, Red Mountain has built a true grassroots following on the Birmingham music scene.

In addition to playing original tunes, Red Mountain covers a variety of musical genres, combining improvisation with a high-energy  blend of blues and rock.

“We love to play in Lakeview. Probably our two favorite places to play are Oasis and Moe’s BBQ. The crowds there are always great and it’s an awesome place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. Moe’s BBQ gave us a stage to play on when we first started out and they, along with Good People Brewery, have sponsored us for six months now. Oasis has continued to have us back after some great shows there,” says band member Matthew Smith.

The band is composed of five guys with different views, perspectives, influences,  jobs and schedules, but their commitment to the music and the excitement of live performance is the key to the success they’ve had.

Ben Guthrie performs lead vocals for the group with Jeremy Milam on drums, Billy Murphree on guitar, Matthew Smith on guitar, and Dylan Palombo on bass. The group came together casually over the years. Murphree, Palombo  and Milam had a band called the  Jam Monkeys. Smith and Murphree grew up together in Opelika and began playing acoustic shows together in Birmingham in 2010. The core of the group began jamming in a basement, and then Ben Guthrie began singing with them to complete the sound.

The band changed names a few times but in August 2011 Red Mountain kicked off officially. The name taken from Birmingham’s mountain was meant to convey the musicians’ commitment to the Magic City.  The band’s first show was at The Metro Bar last August. Since then they have played nonstop around Birmingham in venues such as Oasis, Moe’s, Billy’s, Good People and Avondale Brewery.

Red Mountain has done some regional shows this fall and are hoping to travel more in the future. The band won B-Metro’s Facebook contest back in September as a follow-up to the magazine’s music issue survey of bands.

“We have had a blast playing live and it has been really cool watching it grow. We are planning on a big 2013,” Smith says.

2 Responses to “Red Mountain”

  1. Ronnie Rizzo says:

    My bro saw these guys this past summer down in Birminham and said they were the best live band he’d seen live! Can’t wait to get down south and kick it with you guys! Rock On!

  2. T-Grip says:

    No doubt Riz! Bring some of that Brooklyn heat and kick it in the ham with us!

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