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RCMontgomery.net is the personal weblog of writer and amateur folklorist R. Connor Montgomery. Herein may be found ramblings and ruminations regarding music, history, music history, most anything related to Texas and her culture and ways-of-life, and surely a great many more things that have not yet even crossed my mind.
About the Author…
As might be inferred based upon the title of this website, I am the titular R.C. Montgomery. That stands for Robert Connor, but I usually go by my middle name to avoid confusion with the movie star. Among the handful of positive epithets that I can rightly claim, the one that seems most aptly at the forefront is “writer”, an occupation in which I do not claim much merit, but to which I apply most of my ambitions, for I lack any significant marketable skill in any other. Some others I might apply to myself would include song collector and autodidactic folklorist, amateur historian, devoted music lover, preservation and conservation advocate, vehement regionalist Texan, aspiring drugstore cowboy, middling guitar picker, hopeless nostalgic, and self-described “maverick”—not necessarily in that order. If you’ve come here to read my life’s story, well, below is all I’m telling.
My familial roots in the the greatest state on earth can be traced all the way back to the legendary Texas Ranger and revolutionary hero Ben McCulloch—my second cousin, six times removed—who arrived in the Mexican colony with David Crockett in 1835. My own direct ancestors arrived in the Republic of Texas around 1845, becoming founding residents of the county of Van Zandt and siring not only my own bloodline, but that of my dearest first cousin, thrice-removed, Ernest Tubb (whom I name-drop only out of pride and admiration). Seven generations later, just outside of the fair city of Fort Worth, I was born. Perhaps it’s looking back on all the history behind me that likewise instilled Texas deep in my own heart, and fostered my interest in preserving the traditions and folkways—and physical reminders—of the people who came before me in this great land. Much to my eternal detriment, it seems that I have always had my head stuck in the past, haunted by ghosts from before my time, fueling an inexplicable yearning for experiences that were never my own, and it is that which seems to fuel many of my endeavors; that may sound hokey, but I swear to you that it’s the truth. Now, I certainly hope that all the preceding auto-adulation doesn’t put me across as having a big head, because I sincerely don’t believe that to be true (it’s only a 7 3/8, in fact).
About the Website…
RCMontgomery.net first went live in the wee hours of September 26, 2019. Its creator, R. Connor Montgomery, has previously (and presently) served as the webmaster of Old Time Blues—the internet’s finest repository of 78 RPM records (if I do say so myself)—since 2015, and of Fett1138.net—home of the Star Wars fan group, the Followers of Mandalore—since 2009.
This website uses WordPress with the Twenty Eleven theme; the background image comes from circa 1920s postcard of Fredericksburg, Texas, in author’s collection. Logo typeface is “Morphine” font by Billy Argel, licensed free for personal use (for which this site, involving no monetary gain or exchange whatsoever, should qualify). Site logo and favicon was created with Monogram Frames free online monogram maker, licensed free for personal use with attribution.