Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy Gray, Alison Moyet and Shelby Lynne.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Montgomery has much in common with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Phoebe Snow, Macy Gray, Alison Moyet and Shelby Lynne. Like these artists, Montgomery does not subscribe to any one sound. Instead, she embraces and revels in all things jazz, R&B, blues, soul and pop. This musical philosophy was very much on display at a recent performance at Joe's Pub in New York, where the artist opened for Lynne. With "Lyin in the Face of Love," Montgomery delivers a very fine debut, indeed. The set reveals an artist who is honest when it comes to matters of the heart and who ably captures L.A.'s street life with keen precision. Choice cuts include "Off Ramp Dancer," "Julie Knows," "Nothin' After Lovin' You" and the title track. To purchase, log on to annamontgomeryband.com.—MP