Who are they?
Long before Montgomery Gentry ever released
their first single, music always made prominent presences in their lives. Eddie (from Danville, Kentucky) came by music through
his father, Harold, who was also a singer. Harold nurtured the music bug in all of this children, including Eddie's brother
John Michael. The two played in the family band and grew up drinking in the songs of Hank Williams, Jr., Charlie Daniels,
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Troy, fellow Kentuckian (he's from Lexington), garnered
an appreciation for Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, as well as George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Jr. But it was the
music of Randy Travis that sparked Troy's dream of making it in music. It wasn't long before Eddie and John Michael, along
with Troy, formed their own band called Young Country. John Michael soon left to pursue a solo career and went on to make
hits of his own. After two years, Troy also followed suit, in search of a record deal. He earned his big break came when he
won the Jim Beam National Talent Contest. However, realizing his chances as a solo artist were slim, Troy reunited with Eddie
back home in Kentucky - this time as a duo - and began frequenting the night club circuit in their homestate. Those days were
the foundation that built them a reputation for their rowdy, let's-have-a-good-time-every-night performances.
release of hit singles "Hillbilly Shoes," "Lonely and Gone" and "Daddy Won't Sell the Farm" (from their debut album Tattoos
& Scars), fans across the nation continued to jump onto the Montgomery Gentry train. In 2000, they were named Duo
of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA).
The best attribute they bring to country music is the honesty in their
music - what you see is what you get from them. They are notorious for rowdy hits like "She Couldn't Change Me," "Hell Yeah,"
"If You Ever Stop Loving Me," and "Gone," and it also translates well into the videos. Esteemed video director Trey Fanjoy
(who's directed "Speed," "Hell Yeah," "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" for the guys) has done her part in bringing out both the
devil-may-care energy and serious musicianship AND workmanship aspects that make Montgomery Gentry who they are. Though making
music and sharing it with fans is their first love, both Eddie and Troy are just as devoted to raising their respective families.
albums and one video DVD later, Montgomery Gentry has finally put together their first greatest hits package. Appropriately
titled Something to Be Proud Of (The Best of 1999-2005), don't expect Montgomery Gentry to slow down anytime soon!
What has Montgomery Gentry been up to?
REQUEST Montgomery Gentry's NEW single "She
Don't Tell Me To" - at radios now!! Please continue to REQUEST all of Montgomery Gentry's singles AND their videos on GAC,
VH-1 Country, and CMT!!
Montgomery Gentry recently went overseas on a tour that included stops at bases in Germany,
Kuwait and Iraq. After the duo returned home, they were asked if they would consider going back on another tour. "Hell Yeah
I would!" exclaimed Troy. "It was an experience of a lifetime for a great cause." Go along for the ride as Troy shares his
stories from the trip: Click here to read Troy Gentry's Daily USO Journal
The Academy of Country Music's 3rd Annual Motorcycle Ride is set for May 21 in Las Vegas, and will
once again be hosted by Montgomery Gentry!! The motorcycle ride to benefit the Academy of Country Music's charitable foundation,
will also include other artists such as Keith Urban, Ira Dean and Heidi Newfield from Trick Pony, as well as many others.
and Troy have some late nights on the road that can make morning appointments rather challenging, but for Eddie it's all about
being with the people. He says, "Me and T's always been kind of personable people. And when you grow up in honky tonks, you
get to hang with everybody." So when an apologetic fan comes up to "bother" Eddie after a show for an autograph, he's more
than happy to oblige, adding, "I'm only gonna worry about when they quit asking. Then, you got a problem."
Troy also happily
accepts the extra demands that come with his job. He comments, "I'm just thankful to be able to have a career doing what I
love to do what I do for a living and able to live out a dream. I mean, so many people get stuck in jobs because they have
to be there to make ends meet. I'm happy I can lay my head on my pillow at night and be thankful for what I'm doin'."
to Montgomery Gentry, whose current album, Something To Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 made its debut at #2 in
first week sales!! Their You Do Your Thing album has now reached PLATINUM status!! Also, their current single, "She
Don't Tell Me To," received the largest add-date station count ever for Eddie and Troy, with a total of 75 Billboard
and R&R reporting stations.
Did y'all know?!
** Montgomery Gentry have come full circle
with Jim Beam! Back in 1994, before signing a record deal as a duo, Troy won the Jim Beam Talent Contest. Since their first
album, the renowned bourbon distillery have in turn been longtime sponsors for the mega-successful duo's tours!
Eddie and Troy say that when they first started out, they were hampered by an identity crisis. They knew who they were and
the kind of songs they wanted, but the writers and publishers didn't. So they made sure everybody knew them and their music
Eddie elaborateL: "When we first started a few years back everybody (writers and publishers) we went to for
songs would say, 'Well we really don't know who you are.' So, we started having writers come out to hang with us on the bus...then
we got them their own bus so they could come out and watch our show and see our friends out in the crowd - and then you’ll
see who we are. We started getting songs from Rivers (Rutherford) and Jeffery (Steele), and we said, 'That's it! You got us!"
Where can I buy their music?
Purchase YOUR copies of Montgomery Gentry's
music by clicking on each respective CD cover. Eddie and Troy also have a video collection on DVD that y'all can purchase
off their website (link is below)
Do they have an official website?