What are your names?
The band is comprised of ” Kristian ” Montgomery” Pedersen and the album was recorded with studio musicians.
What is the band’s name?
Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill band
How did you come up with the band’s name?
I’m an avid hunter of whitetail deer throughout Northern New England. a Winterkill is when a large amount of deer die off because of a harsh winter. The Winterkill band is ever evolving and here in the North we need something to “kill” time through these extreme winters.
What is your genre of music?
We consider ourselves to me Alt country, country rock, Dark country. Radio stations have had a hard time putting us in a category.
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
Kristian ” Me” makes Hhemmingway look like a cub scout. I grew up in poverty to travel the world and immerse myself in different cultures . From Nicaragua to Norway I’ve looked for a place to call home.
What made you go in to music?
My music career began in the church, signing in the choir until rock n roll found me.
Are you a signed?
No I have been on a small indie label in the past but as of now I’m self sufficient .
You have released your latest single ‘5 Horses’, tell us more about the single.
The song was started long before the current pandemic but was a foreboding about the current situation we find ourselves in. it’s about man’s hubris and our imaginary indestructibility.
What is the meaning behind the single?
We might as well go now is repeated several times in the song. If we aren’t going to change and fix our world what the purpose of being here. let’s just get it over with and let mother nature take care of the mess we made,
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
I write a lot. The album was supposed to be a 5 song ep and ended up at 16 songs. I am already working on a follow up album.
What was the recording process like?
I love the studio, it was great. joe clapp. should get producer of the year for this record. He is probably the most talent fella I’ve ever met. We invited in over 10 session players in to play on it and it just kept evolving. joe really had his work cut out picking and choosing where to put everything.
Who did you work with on the single?
I sang and played the acoustic Nashville guitar and dobro
Tim Colletti played bass
Joe Clapp played guitar, piano and programmed the percussion
You also released your album, tell us more about it.
The Gravel church isn’t album of songs that helped me get through a tough stretch of time. The songs mean a lot me and carried me through this past year. This album saved my life.
Will we a music video for the tracks?
Yes we are going to get to work on it as soon a s the lockdown is over
Do you have any online shows coming up?
I’ll be performing on Facebook and Youtube
What else can we expect in 2020?
I want to tour. I Cant sit still and love the road
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes I’m working with a friend Charlie Hill from the band Bone dry system on a small ep project.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Do you play any instruments?
yes I play them all.
Who are your influences?
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
My life, if it can happen it will happen to me. I found a half brother in Alaska I never knew I had. I have travelled to war torn countries and of course my second home “Denmark” always creates new stories to tell.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
On the road or in the studio
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I’ve worked in construction and been a fisherman
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
hmmm… theirs too many, however i saw “Sleep chamber ” play in Boston at ground zero in Cambridge when i was 14 and that’s where i decided i wanted to do this.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Dave Minehan of the Boston famed band “The neighborhoods” told me to make more friends once when we played with them at Ralph’s diner in Worcester Massachusetts.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
You have to be 3xs better than the band with less talent and more resources because no one will give you a break just because you’re talented. You have to give them no choice because the white collar kids knows someone ho knows someone. Never take your success for granted when things are good try harder.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
You make your own success
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The north river
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Cape cod
2/ Who do you see first? My daughter
3/What do you eat first? Homeport
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
To go right to bed after
To look the crowd in the eye