Originally conceived to mark Montgomery Gentry’s 20th anniversary, their dynamic new album Here’s To You now represents the triumphant start to a new legacy.
On September 8, 2017, Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash at the age of 50. The new collection, which was recorded before his death, serves as a reminder of the iconic pair’s powerful presence and also points to fruitful future for Eddie Montgomery and the Montgomery Gentry brand.
The album’s title, “Here’s To You,” is both a tribute to Troy and to the band’s rabid fans. “We don’t call them fans, we call them friends,” says Eddie. “They’re who got us our deal.”
Produced by Noah Gordon (Colt Ford) and Shannon Houchins (Brantley Gilbert) the album is one of Montgomery Gentry’s best. “It’s probably the greatest album we’ve done since Tattoos & Scars,” says Eddie Montgomery. “Coming up on our 20th anniversary we wanted to put out a killer album. We hunted and hunted for the right songs. In the studio we were feeling really loose. It was just beautiful and a lot of fun.”
There’s another reason Eddie believes Here’s To You is one of their best: Troy’s sweet, high tenor was on full display. “I’ve heard him sing since he was a teenager,” says Eddie, “and Troy’s soul came out on this album. It’s the best he’s ever sang.”
While there are plenty of future Montgomery Gentry fan favorites on the new collection, it also represents a more mature sound for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members. “Being on the road for 20 years and being together for 30 and all the things that we’ve been through, this album is about where we were at in life,” says Eddie.
With 20 plus charted singles, the Kentucky-born duo earned Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards as well as a GRAMMY nomination with undeniable blue-collar anthems such as “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five No. 1 singles (“If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”) and were inducted as Grand Ole Opry members in 2009. The duo, whose trademark sound combined Southern Rock and Country, achieved Platinum certification on three of their albums and Gold certification on three others.
Despite Troy’s passing, the show will go on, according to Eddie. “We talked about it a long time ago. We both said, �If one of us goes down, we want the MG brand to keep going. I will continue to honor him and our friends.”
With the release of Here’s To You the band’s legacy remains solidly intact and a robust touring schedule will ensure that the music that they labored over for two years will be shared with old and new “friends” alike. Two thousand and eighteen will no doubt be celebrated and remembered as the next chapter for the kindred spirits who pledged to continue their musical journey and put their friends first no matter what.
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