Monte has been called "The Musical Pride of Cincinnati", which is
unfortunate, since he’s never been to Ohio. Monte started his path
to the Split Peas on the bass guitar. Monte once won a statewide
competition to play bass for one show with one of the greatest
drummers of all time – the one and only Buddy Rich. While that alone
is impressive, the fact that Monte was just an eighth grader at the
time is even more impressive. Monte went on to become a string bass
major in college, and even played at Ronald Reagan’s inauguration.
So naturally, Monte is not the bass player.
electric guitar… or drums…depending on which night you see the
Cartwright Brothers. Sometimes, in a pinch, he’ll play bass for
them, but only if "the booze is right." Monte is a master
electrician, which means people bring broken stuff to his house all
the time. Says Mark, "One time we blew an amplifier in the middle of
a show, and we thought we’d have to quit early. Monte sprung into
action. Using nothing but a soldering iron, two extension cords, and
some plutonium that was just lying around in the bar, Monte went to
work. Not only was he able to fix the amplifier and make it twice as
loud as it was before, but we were also responsible for turning
Fargo into the global nuclear threat that it is today."