July 3 concert in Choteau.
As a musician seeking to break through the competitive industry, the Butte native envisioned himself performing for the Choteau audience with celebrity resident David Letterman in attendance.
Letterman, who owns a ranch west of Choteau and is a familiar face during the city's annual Independence Day events, met Montana later that day, but couldn't stay for his concert.
Yet on Friday, Oct. 17, Tim Montana (Tim Pasquinzo) will not only perform for the talk show giant, but for millions of viewers across the nation as a
musical guest on the CBS network's "Late Show with David Letterman."
Letterman publicist Kimberly
confirmed Wednesday that Montana will perform during the Oct. 17 show, and that
comedian Frank Caliendo also is a guest that night.
Montana has spent recent weeks working with a music attorney and a publicist to
prepare for the show.
"Good things can happen if you do this properly," he told The Montana Standard during a phone interview from Nashville.
Montana, 23, who landed the Letterman gig even before a record deal, is hoping the show will help boost his career.
He plans to sing "Butte, America," as a tribute to his hometown and the family, friends and fans who live in the Mining City.
"I love everything Butte has done for me," he said.
The country and western singer met Letterman while heading back stage before his Choteau concert. He noticed Letterman at his merchandise table and introduced himself.
Letterman purchased Tim Montana merchandise and the two traded autographs before the talk show host apologized for leaving before the concert to put his son to bed.
About two weeks later while at the doctor's office with his daughter who needed shots, Montana received a text message stating a "Late Show" representative was trying to contact him.
"We were jumping around the hospital room screaming and when the doctor came in he was jumping around with us," Montana laughed.
Montana was then contacted by a Letterman booking agent to schedule a date for him to appear on the show.
"It happened just the way I played it out in my head," he said. "It was an answer to my prayers and a dream comes true at the same time."
Montana said family members are flying to New York City for the show, including his parents, Doug and Merri Pasquinzo of Elk Park.
The show is being filmed Monday, Oct. 13, and Montana and his band will return to Nashville that week to watch the televised performance with friends.
Merri Pasquinzo said she hopes all of Elk Park, Butte and beyond tune in at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to watch her son's performance on CBS.
"He's a Butte boy who has worked hard," she said. "He's got perseverance and he's following a vision and chasing a dream."
Montana's independent CD, Iron Horse, is available at Hastings and Utah Avenue Antique Mall in Butte.