Raised in blue-collar Peoria, Ill., Don Hammontree – who attended the same elementary and high schools singer Dan Fogelberg had graduated from nearly two decades earlier – started playing keyboards at 13 and guitar at 14. Eventually ending up in Chicago, Hammontree played and wrote songs in a number of bands – The Stalins, Sharp Round Edges, The Bonnie Situation and Flatiron – before co-founding Six Feet Over in 1997 with singer Kim Koppel and drummer Mike Helenthal. The band released two albums – “Another Day Like Today” in 1997 and “This” in 1999 before disbanding in 2000.
Currently a solo artist residing in Fall River, Mass., Hammontree has gigged all along the East Coast and the American heartland, and has also performed in Poland and Ukraine. He has released two solo CDs, “Mount Hope Days” in 2003 and “The Mumbai EP” in 2005, and his third, “Brutalist School,” will be released in January 2010.
Hammontree is also the author of “Baptized in Formaldehyde,” which he describes as a “day-in-the-life, coming-of-age, sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll” novel.