Tim Montana | Iron Horse
Published: April 1, 2008
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.
- Mariss McTucker