Paul’s story begins in the North Country of New York State. A small community one hour north of Syracuse called Watertown. The Montgomery home had a continuous stream of music being played. It flourished much like the wildflowers that you could find in the forest that was a stone’s throw from Paul’s childhood home. Each and every family member was a contributor to the rich inheritance that was to shape Paul’s love for music. It started with his parents fostering an environment that allowed their children to develop a love for music at an early age. Whether it was his mothers love for that hip swiveling, upper lip curling kid from Memphis as he sang about being a Hound-dog, or the fact that Paul’s father always made sure he left his acoustic guitar in plain sight where his children could bang out a sour note or two - the Montgomery brood were blessed to be raised in a home that was filled with music. The sibling influence was a major contributor to Paul’s musical upbringing as he would sneak into his sister’s rooms to check out the latest 45’s being played. One of the platters being spun on the mono record player was a hit song (at least it was a hit to the Montgomery’s) recorded by an uncle, Frank Filardo (Bobby Francis). This allowed a connection to be made at an early age for Paul - that music wasn’t something that a person could simply enjoy listening to, but music could actually be something that one becomes an active participant in. This realization manifested itself in a very profound and real way when Paul’s older brother parted with his Mayfair electric guitar just so his kid brother would have an electric guitar to play. Add to that mix a younger brother that was and still is FAN #1 and you can see how Paul was catapulted into a life long love for music and the passion to be a part of the creative process in making it.
The story of Paul’s musical journey contains a lot of familiar themes - starting and ending various bands (with one of the earlier outfits even allowing for a paycheck at the ripe old age of 13), experiencing the highs and lows of teen romance, and of course, how rebellion can get in the way of healthy relationships with mom and dad. Through all the broken strings, broken relationships and high school drama, Paul was diligent to work on his craft and grow as a person and musician. Paul then attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and worked the scene there for a few years and played all the known clubs. After some earned credits and a ton of life experience, he moved to Las Vegas to put together his band Arsynal. And it was there that he truly became inspired anew by the “band” concept. Paul’s band became the big fish in the small pond, opening up for bands like Dokken, Y&T and many others as well as headlining the state fair. They also has been recently inducted into the Las Vegas 80’s rock n roll hall of fame. After some success in Las Vegas it was time to test the waters. Having located to Los Angeles, Paul attained a certain measure of success in the music business opening for numerous nationally known acts. Paul’s writing skills garnered the interest of ex RCA vice president and Rick springfield’s manager Joe Gottfried who brought his band Arsynal and producer Alan Issacs (Steeler) into sound city recording studios to work on their first album. Ron Keel (Keel, Fair Game) came in to sing a track on the record to start things off. Unfortunately, six tracks in Joe died of a heart attack and the company folded on the band. With line up changes and a new band formed, Paul continued with persistence. Paul eventually left to write and record on his own.
Paul had been raised in the Christian faith and has come to know the person of Jesus Christ. Not as a religious figure, but as one who is alive and relational. And it is at this time in his life that he reflects upon these values more now than in the past. Paul decided to re examine his life and the outcome was reflected not only in his life but also in the form of some recorded songs describing this journey. Paul also plays music at his local church.
Paul continues to write, perform and record all types of music, not being locked into any one genre. Paul has written a new and infectious hit “Road To Mesa”. Give it a listen and hear for yourself.