TIM MONTANA: “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Creative Freedom”

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Rock singer/guitarist/songwriter Tim Montana is set to release his new album entitled Savage on July 12th. Montana himself took the time to talk with Metal Express Radio about the upcoming album, his upcoming tour with Bush, his personal favorite guitar solos, and more. Check out the chat below!

Metal Express Radio: Your new album Savage is set to be released on July 12th, what can you tell fans about the upcoming release?

Montana: This is my first full length rock album and I couldn’t be more excited. We dug deep with the lyrics and went heavy with the guitars and released the BEAR on this project. 11 original songs written between Wise River, Montana and Nashville, Tennessee, and even a special feature from guitarist Chris Shifflett. Produced by one of my best friends Micah Wilshire.

MER: How was the writing and recording process having this being your seventh album?

Montana: This is my seventh album and it is pretty wild saying that. I’ve been at this a long time, writing, recording, rocking out and touring, but I feel like this is the best and most honest expression I’ve done to date. This is the first time I’ve been able to lean into straight Rock ‘N’ Roll and the creative freedom is real and I love it. The writing process was much easier as I could say anything I wanted with no restrictions and I’ll say again Rock ‘N’ Roll is creative freedom.

MER: You’ve released four different singles from the album so far, what kind of feedback have you been able to receive?

Montana: The feedback so far has been amazing. “Devil You Know” hit heights I never knew were possible at this point in the game for me. I’ve always toed the line from hard rock to country so this wasn’t too much of a departure from what I’d already done over the last decade. It felt like my fans knew this was a very natural next step and they’re loving it. The rock community has been so inviting and accepting and I’m grateful for it.

MER: Later this Summer you’ll be going on tour in North America with Bush, Jerry Cantrell, and Candlebox. What are your expectations on the upcoming tour?

Montana: My expectations are to rock the crowd every night and then be a student in the school of rock ‘n’ roll and learn everything I can from Bush, Jerry Cantrell, and Candlebox. I couldn’t be more excited as all of these bands and artists are the soundtrack of my youth.

MER: What do you see as plans for yourself and your band after the tour with Bush?

Montana: To continue touring, growing, and writing great songs.

MER: Who do you hope to tour with and why?

Montana: My ultimate tour goal would be to go on tour with the Foo Fighters. I’ve become pretty good buddies with the band over the years and hold them in the highest regard.

MER: What are three of your personal favorite guitar solos from your work?

Montana: I love what Chris Shiflett did on “Die Today” and I played the solo on “Lovely” which was a simple Kurt Cobain style solo. I’ve also had Billy Gibbons solo on several songs over the years and you just can’t beat that!

MER: If you could put together your own touring band, who would it consist of and why?

Montana: I would definitely have Billy Gibbons on lead guitar because why wouldn’t you have Billy Gibbons on the guitar. Dave Grohl would be on the drums as he’s one of the best drummers of all time, and I’d have Flea on the bass because he’s just a wild man and I mean, talk about a supergroup.

MER: Out of your seven albums, what is one you would suggest to a new fan and why?

Montana: Aside from the new record, Savage, I’d recommend my album American Thread. It was one of those deals that was pieced together from demos and masters, and just an honest expression of me that I called the shots on and put out and the numbers don’t lie.


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