Black Paw Music

Black Paw Music was founded in 1978 as a music publishing company and recording label. BPM represents a variety of Montana’s finest live entertainment artists.

Adaptable to virtually any venue, any audience, any occasion.
Customized shows – our specialty!
Bookings handled on a per-case basis. We make it as easy as pie!

Artists provide:
Performance personnel
Immediate staging equipment
Customized step-by-step promotion packet
Workshops and assemblies available

Sponsor provides:
Performance venue, staging area 10’ X 10’ min. (preferably raised)
House, usher, promotional personnel
Tuned piano on site (some acts)

Fees depend on such variables as:
Amenities provided (accommodations, our equipment or yours, etc.)
Sponsoring organization / Cause
Workshops available

Here’s the basic lineup:

Neal Lewing

Neal Lewing

In a career that’s spanned five decades, Neal’s musical roots have taught him two things: The power of a good story cannot be ignored, and music is a mighty teaching tool. And never take yourself too seriously. Ok, three things.

Reminiscent of the ‘70’s coffee house era where he cut his musical teeth, he has entertained, educated and inspired with music of virtually every genre, from folk and western, blues and jazz, rock and pop, standards, classical, country, ethnic, show tunes and hundreds of originals. Neal’s albums enjoyed international distribution long before the days of Internet marketing.

Standard entertainment for any occasion, Neal comes as one man, one guitar, one thousand songs. The Portland Oregonian called Neal in concert “Sheer poetry… not to be missed.”

Also available is a series of 1-man music/history shows. 1-hour shows illuminate specific events and/or individuals in western history with traditional and original folk music, legend, lore, lies and a few laughs. Popular shows include

Neal Lewing playing a banjo

Singing the Westward Legacy – Folk Music and the Opening of the WestMeagher of the Sword – Irish Rebel to Montana’s First Governor

In-Laws and Outlaws – Mean Men, Worse Women, Tough Times

Gary Cooper – First, Last and Always

Missouri River Melody – All Aboard the Mighty Mo

The F.A.R.M. (Farm And Ranch Musical) Show

New shows are being added all the time, so check for availability!

The Montana ShamRockers


American-made celtic music. Vocally-driven Irish quartet captivates with a unique brand of musicianship and humor. Traditional and original Celtic tunes, from toe-tappers to hanky-soakers, have graced venues from schools and churches to brewpubs to international festivals and Highland Games all the way to Ireland.

Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange calls them, “Bogglingly infectious and heartening… a revelation!” Have opened for Men of Worth and the 2012 Irish Music Award winners, The Dublin City Ramblers, who exclaimed, “You lads are fantastic!”

With four acclaimed albums, the lads also offer a variety of full shows, including

shamrockers in Helmville

Celtic Christmas – A holiday grab bag of surprises

No Irish Needed – A stirring tribute to all our veterans

Christmas With Lewis & Clark – Music from the Ultimate Road Trip

Those Boomer Boys

Boomer Boys Horizontal

Real Baby Boomer boys present a fast-paced mix of music and humor from the Boomer era (1946-64) in 4-part harmony.

Perfect for class reunions, nostalgia tributes, fund raisers, conventions, car shows – you name it.

Truman was President but Elvis was King!

Thin Ice

Thin Ice

Musical duo presents 300 years of beloved folk music from around the world just the way you remember it. History, a bit of humor and smooth vocals. Why, the boys might even stroll by your table and serenade you, if you don’t mind a little good-natured ribbing. Perfect for any occasion where exquisite music is called for!


Star Burst

Tuxes! Evening dresses! Singing! Dancing! Comedy!

A very formal trio spins you through classic standard music and humor in a 1930’s radio floor show format.