There are quite a few songs about Montana, perhaps the most recognizable is the duo Dan Seals & Marie Osmonds, Meet me in Montana. I’m sure there are plenty of other songs that mention Montana in their lyrics, even if it’s not in the song title.
What about invoicing?
Some of you might doubt that anyone would write, produce and sing a song about the Magic City, but it’s true… digging through Spotify and TikTok, we discovered there are at least five artists with songs titled Billings, Montana.
We’re not official music critics by any means, but with our semi-professional background in radio broadcasting, we don’t expect to hear any of these songs on the airwaves anytime soon.
Breting Engel – MV billing
Breting Engel is a former Texas environmental lawyer turned singer-songwriter according to TexasMusic.com. They described his song as “pleasantly woozy” and an Amazon Music reviewer wrote this about Engel’s album,
As an emotionally powerful, almost spectral vocal stylist, Engel moves with understated yet stunning self-assurance through ten tracks that conjure up visions of one man’s desolation and defiance at the wake of a love gone wrong, or sideways, or the perils of a life lived at the sharp end.
Into it. Above. – Billing, MT
Into it. Above. is a Chicago-based band with a sound that reminds me of the Neon Trees. Their single Billing, MT begins with a tribute to the now-closed Railyard and Rainbow, two memorable bars on Montana Ave.
From the yard to the rainbow
We gathered a group
Assembled a crew
Through stereotypes and lies
We’ll turn tens into one
And everyone but me will know
Everyone but me will know
I was there but I don’t remember – Billing, MT
Spotify describes this duo as “dark atmospheres, ethereal sounds, philosophical thoughts”. They have 7 tracks, all with different city/state titles (such as Columbus, Ohio, and Rapid City, SD). They’re all pretty short songs, about 2 minutes each, and they’re definitely, uh, interesting.
Brice Cendre – Billing, MT
Undoubtedly one of the best tracks with the title of Invoices, MT, this cut from Ash is actually pretty good. It’s from Bozeman and you check it out HERE.
Wonky Tonk – Billing, MT
Wonky Tonk and his band The Highlife hail from Kentucky and apparently have a decent following. Guitar Girl Magazine said this about their latest album,
Grungy electric guitars and powerful bass provide a powerful contrast to the smoothness of Wonky’s voice, which, if necessary, rises to a crescendo.
His song Billing, MT kind of grew on me after a few listens. While Montana as a whole certainly inspires many artists, Billings seems to be more of a footnote to awesome songs.
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