Uncommon Crossroads is an original Americana country rock trio, creating original music since 2021.
Maree Montagnini is the front woman, lead singer, songwriter for the group. Her sound is inspired by the Appalachian, American roots music of her home state, Ohio, as well as outlaw country and southern rock influences.
Collin Gates is the lead guitar player and joins Maree on vocal harmonies and duets. He is an accomplished guitarist who creates all original guitar leads and solos. Michael Tarquin is on drums, giving each song a dynamic, one of a kind interpretation.
They've performed over a hundred shows through Arizona in the past year and are currently expanding their tour lineup to new cities and venues.
The band released its first album in the summer of 2023. Hills and Highways is available on all streaming services. It highlights the group's country, rock, and folk sound.
What to expect during a show? A one of a kind, high energy, dynamic performance of familiar music set to the group's creative interpretation.
Maree Montagnini, songwriter, lead vocals, guitar
Maree Montagnini is the primary songwriter and singer for the group. And it's her dream come to life. She hails from southeastern Ohio, essentially Appalachia... which explains the bluegrass and folk influences in her writing and singing. From there, she discovered the folk singers of the 1960s and will always have a special place in her heart for Peter Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, just to name a few. She's lived all over the country, from Michigan, to Florida, to New Mexico, Philadelphia, and now Arizona. Hugely influenced by Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, First Aid Kit, Green Day, Social Distortion, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, John Prine, the Black Keys and probably too many others to name. When she isn't working on new songs, she's probably hanging out with her five kids!
James Collin Gates, vocals & lead guitar
James Collin Gates was born in Lawrenceville, GA and has lived in Phoenix, AZ most of his life. He discovered UCR on one fateful evening in Bisbee and has since joined the band on lead guitar and vocals. Playing finger style classical guitar and flat picking steel stringed acoustics while singing harmonies has become his forte.
Influenced by a variety of folk/western/Irish artists, he’s passionate about learning and arranging old tunes from past times. Other hobbies include motorcycling, fitness, and playing cards.
Michael Tarquin, percussion
Michael Tarquin joined the band in the Spring of 2022. He is a veteran, business owner, and future Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Musician. You can find him around Tucson with friends and family or working security at night clubs. You’ll hear him drumming for the whole neighborhood to hear, you can spot him on the golf course or spending time with loved ones in Arizona’s beautiful desert outdoors or enjoying live music. Michael carries with him many strong music influences from pop punk, classic rock and modern hip hop music. His drumming is heavily influenced by Travis Barker, Neil Peart, Tommy Lee, and Matt Greiner. While he prides himself on speed and intricacy, maintaining groovy pocket beats is a valuable core to his drumming roots. In his 10 years of self-taught playing and growth, Michael played in multiple church groups and mellow-drama theaters across the country while being an active duty Marine.
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