Tim Montana was born and raised under the wild Montana sky, by parents who believed in and instilled within him the core values of hard work, self-reliance, honor, respect and pride for his country. During Tim’s early years, the family lived in the...
Tim Montana was born and raised under the wild Montana sky, by parents who believed in and instilled within him the core values of hard work, self-reliance, honor, respect and pride for his country. During Tim’s early years, the family lived in the mountains of Kila, Montana, with the only light to wake him in the morning being a kerosene lantern. The family moved once he reached his teenage years to Elk Park, Montana, 16 miles north of Butte. Tim’s family still chose to live a country life off the grid, with no common conveniences such as electricity. While this lifestyle would be unbearable for most, Tim and his family thrived in an environment of solitude. Instead, the family spent weeks each summer gathering and splitting enough firewood to heat the home through the course of the long Montana winters.
Each fall, the family hunted deer and elk to help sustain them through the year with food, and their only modern convenience was a generator used sparingly to pump water from the well. Most days were spent working hard, and most evening activities were conducted by candlelight or kerosene lantern. As a young man, Tim learned how to work hard, and he learned how to live, and love, a rugged country way of life.
Tim picked up his first guitar at age six, and spent many long hours under the low glow of the kerosene lantern learning how to bend down those guitar strings. Family members were impressed immediately with his ability to pick up a song and play it, and it didn’t take long for his natural musical talent to shine. Tim spent his early years learning how to play rock music in the style of Kurt Cobain. Ultimately, Tim returned to his roots by coupling his experiences living the country lifestyle with a rock edge that really allowed his songwriting and instrumental talent to take on a unique country rock sound.
After high school Tim left the mountains of Montana for the city lights of Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. He applied for and was accepted into GIT, which is part of the world renowned Musician’s Institute. During this time, Tim continued to grow creatively exploring his rock side while further developing his country roots, creating a sound he could claim as his own. GIT provided Tim with a new outlet with which to express his music, but it also afforded him opportunities to meet with music industry professionals. The transition from kerosene glow to city lights was a little too much for this Montana country boy, and he quickly realized that Hollywood was not his style. Instead, he moved to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee.
Tims’s early years in Nashville, were spent performing at local honky tonks and getting settled as a part of the music scene in the city. During this time, Tim’s fan base in Montana exploded due to the popularity of his song, “Butte America”, which celebrates generations of hard-working miners and the hardworking blue collar workers of Butte. While Butte is only one small town in Montana, the song has mass appeal since it is a reflection of small town in America. The popularity of this song made him a local celebrity, and Tim and his band have played at Butte’s Evel Knievel Days celebration for the last three years, drawing crowds estimated at up to twenty thousand people. Tim teamed up with guitar virtuoso Johnny Hiland to produce his debut album, “Iron Horse”, which was mixed by the Grammy nominated engineer, Jim Lightman, and produced by none other than Johnny Hiland. The album featured many great local Nashville musicians, and all of the songs were written and performed by Tim Montana, an accomplishment for any artist. Several of these songs celebrate the country way of life and highlight the core values that Tim developed growing up in Montana.
His song “Country Life” was used by ESPN as the musical background on a video highlighting Evel Knievel Days 2008. His song ,“Carhartt Cowboy”, landed him an endorsement deal with Carhartt, and “Butte America” has become the anthem of Butte, where Tim continues to enjoy enormous popularity.
Currently, Tim Montana lives in Nashville with his wife and his new baby daughter. He continues to write music, promote his albums, and makes several trips each year back to Montana to play for enthused crowds. In the summer of 2008, he conducted his “Rock’n Under the Big Sky Tour”, where he visited several towns, including Choteau, where he met late night TV host David Letterman. It was only days after that meeting when Letterman’s booking agent contacted Tim and invited him to perform on CBS’s The Late Show.
What makes Tim Montana’s music unique is that it is forged from his own values and real life experiences in a remote country lifestyle. In a sense, his songs speak to the hard working, God-loving, blue collar workers upon which our great nation was built. Infusing these experiences with his passion for a hard rock, grunge sound provides the platform for Tim to express his unruly nature on stage and in his lyrics.
Bring Tim Montana to Chester Steele by MT Standard he Original Mine Amphitheatre is a fabulous concert venue, and we're all for getting as much use out of it as possible. But not on the Third of July when there's a competing community celebration....
Tim Montana national debut Friday by MT Standard When Tim Montana arrived for rehearsal at the David Letterman show earlier this week wearing a cowboy hat and boots, photo- graphers pointed their cameras and snapped pictures.They have no idea who...
Bring Tim Montana to Chester Steele by MT Standard he Original Mine Amphitheatre is a fabulous concert venue, and we're all for getting as much use out of it as possible. But not on the Third of July when there's a competing community celebration. Tim Montana should play at Chester Steele Park that Friday night, rather than at the Original.
For decades, Chester Steele has served as a wonderful setting for Butte's unique July Third celebration. Parents enjoy the music and visit while the kids roll in the grass or hit the playground equipment. And when the moment arrives for the fireworks to begin, Chester Steele offers a great view of the Big Butte show.
We'd hate to see the community split into two parties that night, knowing everyone would enjoy the Tim Montana show. Like Colt Anderson, Levi Leipheimer, Rob Johnson, etc., here's another Butte boy who has really made a name for himself in his chosen field. What a great role model for our kids, an inspiration that if you work hard and dream big, you might find yourself on the David Letterman Show someday. Having him as the headliner at the family friendly Chester Steele event would be a real treat.
Kevin Dennehy, vice president of strategy and business development for St. James Healthcare, said the hospital would be "more than happy" to work with Butte Celebrations to host Tim Montana at Chester Steele.
The band, Murphy's Law, is already set to play again after they were rained out last year, but since the night is long, there's time enough for multiple acts.
The hospital has already lined up porta-potties and vendors, and Dennehy said they plan to free up their north parking lot for public parking. It'll be busy no doubt, but wouldn't create nearly the traffic hassles as a show at the Original.
Driving anywhere on the Hill the night of July 3 is like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, concert or no concert. Josh Peck, Butte-Silver Bow's interim special events coordinator, said the Original's neighbors are worried about parking and congestion, but he sees lighting as an even bigger concern.
Since the event would go past dark, Butte Celebrations would have to rent big lights for up to $600 each to help people navigate the uneven mine yard grounds on their way out. Other costly requirements include event insurance and professional security, and the county is wise to require upfront proof of these necessities before any approvals are granted.
Sound system requirements at the Original are tricky as well. Huge speakers actually hang from the headframe for the National Folk Festival.
The Original's also not the greatest place for watching the fireworks since you can't see Big Butte at all from there. In addition, a July 3 event would cut real close to prep time for the folk fest, expected to attract more than 100,000 people the following weekend. Set-up begins at noon on the Fourth, leaving very little time for concert cleanup.
We'd love to see more concerts at the Original later this summer and every summer. For example, Dave Schultz suggested in his blog (butteblogs.blogspot.com) that the "rebirth of the Montana Summer Symphony," should happen at the Original. That popular Montana Power Co. annual event drew huge crowds from throughout the state to Helena for a few summer afternoons in the 1990s.
But for now, let's focus on readying the Original for the folk fest and bringing Tim Montana to Chester Steele on July Third. Butte Celebrations Director Mollie Kirk told The Standard Friday that he will be coming for sure that night, and we're grateful for all the work that went into making that happen.
Kirk also said that after meeting with county officials following last week's council meeting, Butte Celebrations is having second thoughts about staging the concert at the Original. Alternatives under consideration are Chester Steele Park, Emma Park, the Belmont, and Montana Tech.
We're open to all suggestions," Kirk said. "We're trying to have the least amount of impact on neighborhoods and make the decision that works best for us all." A decision should come any day now. Let's hope the answer is Chester Steele so we can all look forward to celebrating our country's birthday together that night.
Tim Montana national debut Friday by MT Standard When Tim Montana arrived for rehearsal at the David Letterman show earlier this week wearing a cowboy hat and boots, photo- graphers pointed their cameras and snapped pictures.
They have no idea who he is, but just in case, they are getting a picture," recalled Montana's mother, Merri Pasquinzo.
Montana, 23, hopes that changes beginning this week.
The Elk Park native pays tribute to the Butte area Friday evening on the CBS network's "Late Show with David Letterman." Montana (Tim Pasquinzo) performed his song "Butte America" before a live audience of more than 500 Monday on Letterman's show.
He said he focused on the song and performing for that audience rather than the fact that millions of viewers — the largest audience of his career — will be watching during the show's Friday airing on national television.
We nailed it. We rocked it," he told The Montana Standard during a telephone interview while walking in Rockefeller Center after the show's taping. "I'm on cloud nine. It was amazing." Also on the show that night are comedians Tina Fey and Frank Caliendo. Montana's dressing room was next door to Caliendo and the two met and hung out before the show.
The day began at 8 a.m. when Montana's band unloaded its gear and prepared for sound checks.
Montana was surprised to find the set smaller than he imagined after watching the show on television.
It looks huge on TV like it's a big room," he said. But "you feel like you're going to hit Dave with your guitar and elbow Paul Shaffer because it was that tight." Montana says he was more excited than nervous, but admits he couldn't stop pacing the hallway before the show.
Just minutes before his performance, Montana and his band were brought onto stage during a commercial break.
When the show returned, Letterman introduced Montana and it was show time for Tim Montana and "Butte America." "I looked over when we started playing and Paul Shaffer was rocking out to it," he said.
Letterman, who first met Montana in Choteau in July, approached the musician after the song and said it was good to see him again before waving to his family in the audience, which included his mother and other family.
It was such a privilege," Merri Pasquinzo said. "I just can't believe the experience we had. I could hardly sit still." After the show, Montana said the Late Show band and crew complimented the band for playing well.
Paul (Shaffer) said ‘tremendous' and I was excited about that," he said.
Later that night, Montana celebrated the accomplishment.
We found out the hard way that bars in New York City close at four in the morning," he joked.
While Montana hopes appearing on the Late Show will help boost his career, he's not resting on his laurels.
An independent musician not signed to a record label, he returned to his home in Nashville this week to promote himself and the upcoming show with the help of publicists and a music attorney.
It's kind of what you do with it. A buddy of mine said ‘you've got the fire started, now you have to set the whole woods on fire,'" he said. "I've got a lot of work to do." Reporter Justin Post may be reached at email@example.com or by telephone, 496-5572.
Tim Montana: The Face of “Grunge Country”? by Nashville Spy As you can see from this clip, millions of Letterman viewers got to see what many of our spies in the U.S. Northwest and the Nashville music scenes have been knowing for nearly a year. TIM MONTANA is the real deal with his own refreshing sound and brand that speaks to a new generation of country music listeners that don’t judge musicians on appearances and rejects phony theatrics. If you think we are biased in our reporting… you are correct. Perhaps more amazing, is he pulled this nation-wide TV performance off without any major record label arm-twisting, fluff-crap or a mega marketing budget.
As Beverly Keel, the Tennessean’s celebrity columnist put it, “This is a huge opportunity for any artist, much less one with out a major label deal.”
Our spies tell us TIM hopes to have a new record completed by June 2009.
Dave meets Tim by MT Standard Late Night” talk show host David Letterman, left, waits while Butte native Tim Montana (Tim Pasquinzo), signs his autograph, requested by Letterman, during a July 3 concert in Choteau. Letterman also signed an autograph for Montana. “While I was heading to the backstage area at the Choteau concert, I glanced back at my merchandise table and saw David Letterman standing there,” Montana, a country and western singer, told The Montana Standard. “He had asked several of my band members where I was. I headed over there and we introduced ourselves to each other. He was apologizing that he could not stay for my show because he had to go home and put his son to bed,” Montana said. Letterman bought three of Montana’s “Rock’n Under the Big Sky Tour” T-shirts and a CD, Montana said. “We also exchanged autographs and joked with each other for a while. He is a great guy and very genuine. The people of Choteau have nothing but nice things to say about him as well; he truly is a great person.” Montana performs in Butte July 25 at 9:30 p.m. during Evel Knievel Days.
Tim Montana | Iron Horse by Lively Times Kalispell native and Butte boy Tim Montana, aka Tim Pasquinzo, has put out a debut CD with all the trimmings. Featuring eye-popping instrumental backup from terrific Music City pickers and 10 of Tim's original songs, the album is pure Nashville.
Montana recently moved there after meeting one of his heroes, guitarist and producer extraordinaire Johnny Hiland. Flawless production is the norm for Hiland, whose stamp is all over the album.
From the first pedal steel notes of "Butte America" to the lightning jitterbugger "Country Life," Montana and his supple baritone pipes sing their way through all-things country. Dog howls open the Bob Wills-styled "I'm Gone," about a guy who chooses to keep his dog over his girlfriend's objections; murderous guitar and pedal steel runs gas up the chuggin' "Carhartt Cowboy"; and "Ain't It Funny" is a belt-buckle-shiner about life and its constant changes.
It's off to the races with "Roll Them Dice," about gambling on a future in music. The tough country rocker, "That's My Girl," features terrific instrumental hooks of guitar and fiddle, and the finale, "The Country Life," gets the full Butte treatment: 30 below zero and a Hot-Rod Lincoln-style, with its beer drinkin', pickup-drivin', rifle-plinkin' spirit.
Montana has a paying gig making music at a Nashville nightspot - no mean feat. He seems determined to succeed in the music business, and with this effort and his fabled music contacts, he may well just do that. Visit him at www.timmontana.com.