Country rocker and bearded businessman Tim Montana today released his first album as a signed artist, Long Shots via Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group. In celebration, the Montana native appeared on FOX & Friends to talk about the album and perform "River Kids." The performance was captured in Tim's legendary garage in Nashville, which has been host to many performances from artists like Kid Rock and Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top).
The Montana native blends Country with rock electric guitar and influences from the West to deliver a collection of 12 songs that embraces hard and fast-living, the American experience and the blue-collar way. The music is unapologetic, relatable and raw and embraces the everyman and folks who ain't afraid to do the dirty work. The album title is a nod to the hard road Montana had to take to arrive at this moment and how as improbable as his ambitions may have seemed, he overcame his struggles and all of the odds-and he did it his own way. As a whole, this album is an ode to the underdogs and screams "hard work pays off."
"Where I come from nobody trusts you if you're not a little dirty and I respect the hell out of that-I'm proud to have earned the calluses on my hands and dirt in my beard," said Tim Montana, "It's been quite the ride getting to this point and glad I got the chance to take all of the blood, sweat and tears and turn it into something that slaps. I hope those who feel overworked and underappreciated listen to this and know that this ol' boy has been there and that I salute them."
The music draws upon imagery from Tim's days growing up in a single-wide north of Butte, Montana without electricity, grinding it out by taking odd jobs just to pay the bills (like cleaning kennels, operating a carousel, being a ranch hand) and hard living on the road. Montana teamed up with award-winning producer, Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Thomas Rhett) to bring his stories to life and build upon his distinct sound, which draws influence from the rural, outdoorsy lifestyle with a hint of adrenaline, befitting of the off-the-grid thrill-seeker. The music is Country-but don't mistake it for southern. With geography impacting Tim's musical influences, he's located somewhere between Seattle and its grunge, Texas' roadhouse, Nashville's Country, Wyoming's Chris LeDoux, and the Heartland's rock.
Despite his rough-and-tumble appearance and hell-raising tendencies, Montana has an unmatched magnetism that has made him fast friends from people from all walks of life including rock legends, tribesman, rappers, CEOs, NFL players, ranchers, fellow country artists and everybody in between. It's with this genuine charisma that Montana tackles each song, whether high octane (like his Evel Knievel-inspired "Do It Fast"), or sweet and nostalgic ("River Kids"), leaning into his seasoned past to deliver authentic vocal performances highlighted by his gritty tones.
His unparalleled relatability is infused throughout his songwriting to deliver a comforting simplicity during these complicated times. Even his sweetest love song is no fuss. With "Bar Band" he simply states "I want to make you happy," by employing the American experience and pure joy of being at a bar, listening to a live band to get his message across. The airy track, while so simplistic in its approach, is sharp and loaded with classic rock references-and is most importantly Dave Grohl-approved.
Chiefly considered an artist, Montana is a true Renaissance man, moonlighting as a TV personality, marksman, father, husband, foodie, hell-raiser, businessman and-he'll soon add film actor to his resume (he recently wrapped filming for The Last Son alongside Heather Graham, Machine Gun Kelley, Thomas Jane and Sam Worthington). In addition to starring in his own show, "Tim Montana's Wild Side" on Velocity Outdoor Channel, Tim is involved in Ravin, CenterPoint, Crosman, Benjamin, Polaris, Black Rifle Coffee, Fender, Gerber, Bicycles, Indian Motorcycles, Kicker Performance Audio, Orange Amplifiers, Snap On and Traeger Grills, in addition to his own companies Whisker Bomb Original Foods (with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons), Tim Montana's Vigilante Cigars (with Big Sky Cigars) and Ol' Boy Apparel.