Kenny Montgomery grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, picking cotton from the age of 6. By 10, he was a musical sensation, a gift from God, able to play any gospel song by ear. Preachers came from far and wide to take him to perform at their revivals. By 18 he had his own radio show. He went on to play with some of the great pioneers of country music in some of the raunchiest honkytonks from Oklahoma to California.
Now, in his final days, his thoughts are with his guitars, all those tools of the trade he amassed in a lifetime of picking. Out of the 20 guitars lining the walls of his music room, his most prized possession is his first guitar – a six-dollar, mail order, Sears Roebuck Silvertone.
He motions his wife to his side and whispers his final request, “Honey, don’t sell my guitars.”
The surprising revelation of what happened to Kenny’s beloved Silvertone guitar is the focus of this emotional short documentary that explores loss and redemption and a man’s love for his family.
Kenny, age 18, with his 2nd guitar, an Epiphone. He sold it in 1955 when he moved to California. He swore he'd never sell another guitar again.
"The prettiest girl I ever saw, when I saw her singing in the choir."
Kenny, about 1969 with his fancy honky tonk duds.
"I've always been more of a family man." The filmmaker with her Dad.
Director, Writer, Producer (with Kenny)
Lynn Montgomery won a Los Angeles area Emmy for the documentary, Child Abuse, The Day After about the failings of the child protective custody system in LA. She won a Writer’s Guild Award for her children’s script for the Showtime series, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, starring Jean Stapleton, Shelley Duvall and Joan Cusack. She created a TV series for NBC and Disney called The Torkelsons, about her mother’s family in Oklahoma. She has written for the LA Weekly and the Big Bear Grizzly. She wrote and produced a nationally syndicated radio show aired on over 100 rock and roll stations for Westwood 1. Recently she wrote an award winning children’s book, Butt Ugly,
A resident of Santa Barbara for the past 20 years, some people know her as Austin and Hannah’s mom and Richard’s wife, but the kids are grown, the fabulously talented husband is retired and the 120-year-old house will just have to learn to fend for itself.
Lynn is back. She makes her directorial debut with Don’t Sell My Guitars.
Richard Kriegler is a fine artist as well as a commercial artist. He has worked for many Fortune 500 companies doing branding and illustrations. He worked on dozens of films as a matte painter and concept artist, including Stuart Little, Star Trek, Ghost of Mars, Vertical Limit and the Academy Award winning films Contact and What Dreams May Come.
For the last ten years he has been the Art Director for Call Of Duty. His game, Modern Warfare 3 became the biggest entertainment launch in history, grossing one billion dollars in 16 days.
(Lynn is happy she's married to Richard, otherwise she never would be able to afford him.)