Ted Mentry and his band released two albums in the early eighties to high critical acclaim, (Illustrated Victims in 1981 and Artful Dodger in 1984) and quickly became the darlings of the Rocky Mountain music scene. After constant touring and a relentless live schedule, Ted Mentry, who had opened for everyone from Firefall to Lynyrd Skynyrd, abruptly disbanded the group in pursuit of a family and other interests.
Ted Mentry is back and better than ever and what transpired during this extended hiatus seems clearly documented in Get A Life , the incredible new CD which was released with a Laser show and reception at the Fiske Planetarium on the CU campus on December 10th, 2000 to a standing ovation and rave reviews.
Ted Mentry is a dynamic singer, songwriter and extraordinary guitarist who blends electronic samples and programs with conventional instrumentation to create classic compositions with passionate, unforgettable musical and lyrical integrity.
Get A Life is 12 songs and 65 minutes that encompass a unique blend of modern and conventional accompaniment which showcases beautifully crafted melodies that epitomize musicianship, production, songwriting and arrangement capabilities with unsurpassed passion and vision.
It Is What It Is was released to a standing room only, sellout house at Nissi’s Showcase Cabaret in Lafayette, CO on July 26th, 2006 and is a continuation of that craft and passion for music but, this time, with an interesting twist; the captivating and dynamic singer, Allison Hawkins handling 90% of the vocal chores!
Ted Mentry released another personal CD with Allison Hawkins titled “EP” and, in the interim, filled the guitar chair in the rock opera, “Magdalene, Woman Of Light” staged at the Denver Civic Theater in October, 2008 and monopolized much of the musical score in the full length, feature film, “The Highway Home.”
Ted Mentry has played with and/or opened for Firefall, Boz Skaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shawn Phillips, Pat Travers, Chris Hillman, Y&T, Foghat, Winger, Carl Verheyen and countless other “name” acts across the country.
Ted Mentry has Produced over 30 different projects including 10 albums of his own.
He now lives in Los Angeles, California with Helen Allison Hawkins and is the Tour Manager and guitar tech for Supertramp’s Carl Verheyen. He also owns and operates Tree Daddy Sound, the premier sound reinforcement company in the Los Angeles Metro area.
And if that isn’t enough, he also constantly gigs and records with national recording artist, Shannon Rae and SoCal’s premier country band, Moonridge. Tree Daddy Music also sponsors the R&B outfit, True That! with dates to be announced for the summer of 2018. Stay tuned!!