Monte Carl Luttrell, a self-c0nfessed American drug addict and convict who has settled here in Cagayan de Oro, will soon launch his album titled “Love for the World” on June 19, 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd floor of SM City.
Luttrell, more popularly known as Ghetto White, has chosen to retire in Cagayan de Oro City together with his brother, Jimmy Luttrell, the king of the surf guitar who claims to have shown Jimi Hendrix how to play guitar behind his back. Luttrell never gained the recognition that Hendrix did, but on the other hand, Luttrell is still alive and playing.
The album, written and arranged by Mr. Luttrell himself, has 10 cuts. It includes the songs “Beauty I’m Your Beast,” “Time Heals the Pain,” “Asian Girl,” “Angel From Above,” “Sara,” “Can’t Be Just Friends,” “Won’t Get To Heaven,” “Pretty Girl” and “Cagayan”.
One of the album’s come-ons is the song “Cagayan de Oro” which talks about the culture of the city that Mr. Luttrell started to love.
Monte Luttrell has spent most of his life as a drug addict, in and out of jail for various crimes and drug charges.
Luttrell had a rough childhood, growing up in the ghetto in Richmond, Calif. His family was the only white family in a black neighborhood, and children often picked on him for being white.
At 14 Luttrell was committed to the California Youth Authority. At 15 he started using heroin and contracted Hepatitis C. He entered the state prison system for the first time at 18. After two stints in state prison he was released and began singing with his brother, guitar legend Jimmy Luttrell. From 1972 to 1979 he sang with his brother, whom he says is “the best guitar player on planet earth.”