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Monte Nordstrom
MONTE NORDSTROM is a west-coast Canadian singer/songwriter with a current catalog of 9 original CDs available on his independant label, Groovedigger Records.
The talented multi-instrumentalist & singer began writing his own music in the late 60s & developed a unique & innovative guitar style. In 1970 he was recruited to sing & play 12 string & classical guitar with the Vancouver Island sextet, "Ptarmigan". The group eventually reduced to a duo with Monte & vocalist/recorder player, Glen Dias. From 1971-72 they toured the Canadian coffee house circuit, writing new material while performing at Victoria's QueQueg; Vancouver's Egress; Winnipeg's Ting Tea Room; Toronto's Fiddler's Green and to Ottawa (for 2 weeks alongside the legendary Lenny Breau at le Hibou).
Monte's recording career started in 1972 with the Paul Horn-produced Columbia of Canada LP entitled 'Ptarmigan'. The album was a collaborative effort backed by studio musicians. This unusual album has since become a Prog collectors item & has now been re-released on CD by Groovedigger.
Next Monte formed his own band & continued writing original material, forming his own SOCAN-affiliated publishing company, Northstream Music, which now represents more than 200 Nordstrom titles.
Monte completed production on his first solo project, "Silhouette of Our Insanity" in 1978. The album is now available as part of the Groovedigger "vault series". Several of the original members of that band are contributing to a career-spanning project that is currently under production.
Monte & his wife MaryAnn relocated to Edmonton in 1980 where Monte recorded 'Wild & Lonely', a radio program produced by Pat Stradeski later that year. "Voodoo Rage", a pop/rock album of topical material was also produced by Pat Stradeski for another "Live" radio series in 1983, (the same year Monte's daughter Vanessa was born). These recordings are now available under the latter title from Groovedigger.
In 1986 Monte & family returned to Vancouver Island where a new band was formed. This group became known as "Monte & the Beaumonts" and for over 10 years they hosted a weekly open stage event, featuring original R&B, Soul & Poprock. The popular event occassionally attracted the likes of Eddie Schwartz, Ellen MacIllwaine, Brian MacLeod, Willie P. Bennett and Stephen Fearing as well as a steady stream of talented Island-based musicians & bands.
More albums were produced including '89-'92's "Nothing More Better, '94's "Monte Nordstrom" as well as a live CD entitled "Monte & the Beaumonts' Sunday Healing Service"; all titles on Groovedigger Records. These recordings were promoted at music conferences such as SXSW in Austin Texas & MusicWest in Vancouver as well as with ventures to Los Angeles (Progfest), New Orleans (writing new material), Memphis (recording at Sun Studio) & Nashville (pitching songs on Music Row).
During this time Monte began contributing a series of music-industry columns to Cosmic Debris Musician's Magazine recounting these trips and sharing insider information on the music business with his readers.
In 1996 Monte changed directions acquiring his own mobile recording facility, "Helicon Productions", which soon attracted the attention of Roland Canada (see link). He then recorded the folk/jazz tinged 'Northstream', focusing on material with a distinctly Canadian content. Regional promotional appearances from Winnipeg to Whitehorse (Yukon International Storytelling Festival) were undertaken and this new tack gained support from regional CBC Radio.
In recent months other broadcast activity of the Groovedigger catalog has included FM airplay of selections from 'Ptarmigan' in France & the USA; 'Get What's Mine' in the United Kingdom & 'Sparky's Blues' in Indonesia.
In 1998 Monte released his 8th CD 'Live at the James Bay Inn' and the next year Groovedigger re-released the first album by an outside artist 'Noontide' by Barry Newman. A co-production with Jeremy Sagar is currently in the works which will feature Pat Steward on drums, Barry Newman on bass & guitar, Nick Jarvie on percussion, Tokyo studio musician Keizo Endo, Dave Rowse on wind and Doug Rhodes on keys, wind, standup bass.
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Monte Nordstrom
Ptarmigan

Monte Nordstrom & Glen Dias
Vancouver 1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

This folk/jazz Westcoast acoustic recording predates New Age and Worldbeat by a decade. Eerie and introspective.
Originally on Columbia of Canada.
Now a Prog/cult item.

Produced by Paul Horn for VIP Ltd. (Vancouver Island Productions)
Recording Engineer: Keith Stein. Mixed by Paul Horn & Keith Stein
Cover Art & Photo: Glen Dias. Ptarmigan Logo: James Norquay
All songs composed by: Glen Dias & Monte Nordstrom
Published by Samadhi Music, BMI; Northstream Music/SOCAN & Bear Bones Music/SOCAN
Recorded at Canbase (Mushroom) Studios Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Musicians:
Glen Dias: Vocals, Recorders & Percussion
Monte Nordstrom: Vocals & Twelve String Guitar
Kat Hendrikse: Drums
Dave Field: Acoustic Bass
Richard Mayer: Electric Bass (The Island)
Peter Wheeler: Hand Drums
Paul Horn: Percussion

This Re-Issue is dedicated to David Aston


Monte Nordstrom
Voodoo Rage

Edmonton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by Pat Stradeski at CKRA Studios, Edmonton, Alberta.
Assisted by Michael Harney, Mixed by Pat Stradeski & Monte Nordstrom
Re-mix & Analog to Digital Tranfer: Jeremy Sagar, Edmonton 1999

Monte Nordstrom
Nothing More Better

Duncan, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by Monte Nordstrom.
Engineered by Jim Kent.
Rockin', pop 'n' reggae, blues and soul... live in the studio.
Introducing the 3-D Horns: Diggs, Duck and Doug

 

Musicians:
Bill Winter: keys, accordion & vocal
Mike Harney: drums
Doug Rhodes: bass, organ, tenor sax, baritone sax
Wayne Diggines: alto sax, clarinet
Will Cardinal: bass, backup vocals
Dave Rowse: baritone sax
Keith Washington: bass
Brent Hutchinson: alto sax
Monte Nordstrom: vocals, guitar

Monte Nordstrom
Sunday Healing Service

Duncan, BC
Monte & the Beaumonts-  Recorded "LIVE!" 02/20/94

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Another bayside attraction" with the Beaumonts at their Best... Full Throttle. Mikey's last show, 3D Horns, special guests + Bonus 1988 Tk. with Wes Kane!
Produced by Monte Nordstrom / Engineered by Jim Kent
Track 8 recorded 1988. Remixed by Jeremy Sagar 1998
Cover Art: Toby Nilsson. Graphics: Barry Newman

"Monte & The Beaumonts":
Monte Nordstrom: Vocals & Guitar
Bill Winter: Keyboards
Steve McKinnon: Bass & Vocals
Mike Harney: Drums
Doug Rhodes: Soprano Sax (Bass Guitar On #6)
Wayne Diggins: Alto Sax & Vocals
Dave Rowse: Baritone & Tenor Sax
Special Guest: Ron Kilian: Keys (track #6)

AN EDITED HISTORY OF THE SUNDAY HEALING SERVICE:
by Monte Nordstrom

Monte & the Beaumonts' Sunday Healing Service origins are rooted deeply in Maple Bay. I had played my first gig at the old Maple Bay Inn back in the stoned age, when Ray Woollam owned the place & Lou Else managed the lounge. I remember playing my sensitive folky jazz there as Will Julsing choreographed a bullfight with George Weeks & Gerry Thomson. I knew that I had to get some tougher material to compete with that level of chaos, so I started collecting every kind of song that I came across. Three decades later I'm still working on that.

Just prior to this, around the time that the "ptarmigan" album came out, I met Greg Winter & he introduced me to his brother Billy, a talented pianist. Billy Winter & I started playing music together a couple years later. I admired his country-gospel piano style. We worked on Neil Young's "Broken Arrow"; some Hank Williams tunes & a song by Randy Newman called "Guilty". Our first public appearance was at "Bimini's" in Vancouver. We were there with Gregs & his cronies. At his brother's urging we went over (uninvited) to the Grand Piano & turned in a rendition of our specialty song. The song was "Guilty" & we have been ever since.

The origin of the name, "The Beaumonts" is as multi-faceted as a frozen horse turd. Alot of people think it's because we played on beaumont avenue. Others think that we're named after the automobile. In the coon-ass country of east texas, where alot of our musical influences come from, there is the town of Beaumont. I've been through it on the train. It's not very pretty, so it's an appropriate appellation, but not the reason. It could be a narcissistic play on my name & the french word for "beautiful", but I really don't think so.

Perhaps it had something to do with the little known fabrication that way back in the early days of rock there was a group called "the skyliners" lead by a cat named jimmy beaumontà The way the story goes; billy winter, michael harney, doug rhodes & I were enjoying a float in a hot tub after a particularly grueling jam when we discovered that each of us had the lyrics to "since I fell for you" tattooed on the bottom of our right big toes. Turns out we were all the love children of that curly headed devil, jimmy beaumont & fate had brought us together. But that's not the reason either.

We are actually named after the hardware store in the movie "Blue Velvet" & that's the truth of the beaumonts cryptic name..."hmmm"


There have been a (sometimes literally) staggering 30 different beaumonts on stage at the brig & elsewhere. I remember playing a gig at the harbour house on saltspring with the band. Due to a complicated series of substitutions, the next day when I turned to the boys to count in the first number, I realised that not one of the sunday crew had been with me the previous night. That's when I started referring to the group as the "incredible expanding beaumonts orchestra".

Over the years we have been blessed with hundreds of friends & fans who have supported us through the evolution of "the beaumonts". The myriad of talented musicians who have shared the stage with us & contributed to our jams, have enriched us. The owners, managers & event coordinators of the venues that we have performed in have given us the opportunity to bring our music to the people that we love so much. Thank you all.

This recording engineered by Jim Kent represents the Beaumonts at the top of their game in front of a hot audience. A special bonus track featuring the late great Wes Kane singing "Walking the Dog" is included, as well our good friend Michael Trepanier leading "Flip Flop Fly" with the Beaumonts band. & as our pal Spinko says, "Good ladies, evening & gentlemen. We like you hope our songs!"

Monte Nordstrom
"Monte Nordstrom"

"Self-titled" - 1994 Groovedigger Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by Monte Nordstrom Engineered by Damien Graham at Bagel Boy Studio.
Technical Support: Rick Salt.
Additional recording & Mixing done by Craig Arnatt at Desolation Sound, Vancouver, BC.
Mixing by Craig Arnatt, Monte Nordstrom & Wayne Diggins.
Cover Art by Toby Nilsson, Photography by Paul Fletcher, Layout by Blackbird Graphics

Musicians:
Monte Nordstrom: vocals, guitars, GR1 (Bass on 7, 9, & 10)
Wayne Diggins: Alto Sax & Vocals
Bill Winter: Keyboards
Michael Harney: Drums
Pierre Komen: Tenor Sax
Steve McKinnon: Bass
Damien Graham: Drums (on 7, 8, 9 & 10)

Dedicated to Greg Winter & Dave Attewell

Liner Notes:

Monte Nordstrom is a veteran singer-songwriter with a progressive background. His early work was influenced by the late guitar master, Lenny Breau. Monte's acoustic duo, "ptarmigan" opened for Lenny on a two week stint at "le Hibou" in Ottawa in 1972. Stand-up bass, drums & percussion were added to Monte's 12 string guitar & Glen Dias' recorders when the "ptarmigan" LP was produced by the renowned flautist, Paul Horn for Columbia Records in 1974. (This unusual recording was to be re-released on CD by the progressive California label Synphonic Records" in 1994).

Subsequent to the disbanding of "ptarmigan", Monte formed the publishing company Northstream Music. His writing encompassed an ever-widiening variety of styles over the next few years while he performed & recorded songs for demos and albums for indie release, including "Maelstrom" (AKA "Silhouette of Our Insanity") in 1978, "Wild & Lonely" in 1980, and "Voodoo Rage" in 1983.

In 1986 Monte formed a working band which became "the Beaumonts", a guitar-led quintet with keys, sax and a rhythm section. An album entitled "Nothing More Better" was released in 1992, and over the next two years a fiercely independant campaign was undertaken. Travelling to Austin, Texas for SXSW 93 provided monte an opportunity to network with the majors. This was followed by a train trip to New Orleans where he wrote the song "Grain of Salt" (in a Storyville bar). On by train to Memphis where Monte was inspired to write Long Lonely Night" after recording an instrumental session at the legendary Sun Studio. Monte further investigated his soul & blues roots in the steamy clubs of Beale Street before continuing his jpourney into deepest America with a sojourn of song-pitching on Music Row in Nashville.

By now the bulk of the material for this self-titled album was compiled. A further R'n'R (reggae & recreation) mission occured with an excursion to Jamaica before recording began on this rootsy collection of Soul, Blues, Rock-a-Billy, Reggae and Contemporary Rock.

Monte Nordstrom
NORTHSTREAM

Songs and Stories of People and Places

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eclectic semi-acoustic Canadiana. A potpourri of CBC-friendly originals...
In a fit of avuncular nepotism, Monte Nordstrom introduces the lead guitar talents of nephew Kelly. Many special guests include Dave Allen (The Mahones) on fiddle.

Written by Monte Nordstrom (except * by Monte & Kelly Nordstrom)
NORTHSTREAM MUSIC / SOCAN 1996
Produced & Engineered by Monte & Kelly Nordstrom for Helicon Productions.
Mastered at Media Magic, Victoria, BC.
Cover Art by Nenia Schimke
Logo by Monte Nordstrom
Photography by Marlene Dayman at "Stills".
Layout by Kathy Williams
Manufactured by Pacific North - Made in Canada

Special thanks to Rick Woollam, Barry Newman, Dave Spinks at Duncan Music, Lucy, MaryAnn, Vanessa & Mo, Denny Williams, Jeremy Sagar, Paul Ruszel, Andy Ruszel, Nic Leitch, Longevity John, John Law, The Brigantine Inn, The Arlington Inn and Asta Pasta Restaurant

MUSICIANS:
Monte Nordstrom: Vocals, Godin Multiac Nylon String Guitar & GR1 Synth, Bass, Piano on "Sparky's Blues", Harmonica, Mandolin & Bells
Kelly Nordstrom: Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar (Arrangement on "Crisis Line")
Donny McGillivray on Drums
Special Guests:
Bill Winter: Keyboards & Accordian
Rick Woollam: Harmonica on "Never Take the Mountains"
Paul & Andy Ruszel: Chorus on "Doubloon & the Stranger"
Dave Spinks & Nikki Nilsson: vocals on "Street So Mean"
MaryAnn Nordstrom: Tambourine on "Northstream"
Dave Allen: Fiddle on "Doubloon & the Stranger"

Monte Nordstrom
Live at the James Bay Inn

Victoria, BC
Produced/engineered by Monte Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monte presents an extended selection of his material in a solo setting with semi-acoustic guitar, harmonica & guitar synth.
Includes bonus tracks featuring Charlie Wade on drums and congas.

Monte Nordstrum
After All

'After All...' was recorded in 6 studios on 3 continents by a cast of 13 musicians. The CD features material composed over 5 decades, not a bad trick for an artist who recently turned 50. Nordstrom celebrates 35 years as a singer/songwriter with this recording. The title 'After All...' indicates the arduous journey of the project, which is divided into two sections: "Songs of Fate & Mortality" & "Pt. 2 Ptarmigan & the Waiting". Part one features recent and new compositions while the second premieres previously unproduced Ptarmigan material from early 70s. "The Waiting" is a suite composed in 1969. The reference to Ptarmigan (Nordstrom's first recording, produced by Paul Horn on Columbia Records) represents a return to form for Monte as an artist.