But of course, Hannah isn't breaking new ground, here ... lots of other people have created stage names and fictional characters attached to our state. Until recent years, at least, the best-known was probably a country singer named Patsy Montana. She was big back in the 30s, and really didn't have much to do with Montana at all -- her real name was Ruby Blevins, and she was born in Arkansas, and mostly lived in California. But she needed a stage name that was evocative and Western, and "Montana" was an obvious choice.
(Patsy reportedly chose her new last name in honor of the famous movie stuntman Monte Montana, who of course wasn't really named Montana, either! But Monte, at least, was born in Wolf Point.)
Patsy Montana is best remembered for her song, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," but she also had at least one hit with Montana lyrics. One of her first songs was called "Back On Montana Plains," which was actually just a reworking of an earlier song about the plains down in Texas. Here's a sample stanza ... the yodeling that Patsy interjected between the song's verses was impossible to transcribe, so you'll just have to visualize that.
Each night in my dreams, somehow it seems
I'm back where I belong
Just a country hick, way back in the sticks
Back where I belong
These city lights, and these city ways
They're driving me insane
Oh I want to go back, oh please take me back
Back to Montana plains