For Montgomery Gentry, the upshot of that connection with their audience–their “friends,” as Montgomery invariably calls them–has been milestone after milestone in an enviable career trajectory. “If you look at the direction Montgomery Gentry has gone,” says Gentry, “we started out with the hard-driving, in-your-face, honky-tonk, hell-raising style of Tattoos & Scars and Carrying On, and carried that over into more of a working man’s album on My Town. We spoke a lot about our military, the places we grew up, the good and bad, songs Americans could listen to and identify with. This album goes even farther and brings it back to family and religious beliefs, and keeps those ties to the military. We talk about our life growing up, about maturing, and reflecting on where we’ve come from.”
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Since their debut in 1999, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have been a cornerstone of the most important movement in country music since the Outlaws. Just as Waylon, Willie and the rest kicked open the genre’s doors in the 1970s, Montgomery Gentry has helped kick-start 21st century country.
The elements consist of straightforward lyrics reflecting the realities of modern life, a tour and stage show that are completely inclusive of their audience, and a gritty rock edge that has captured the imaginations of untold millions. Along with like-minded artists like Gretchen Wilson, Hank Jr. and Big & Rich, they have joined forces with rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock to help rewrite the modern musical landscape.
Theirs is a world of blue-collar anthems, tales of life, work, love, loss and patriotism balanced by the hard-partying spirit that takes the edge off “the good, the bad, the ugly, and the party on the weekends,” as Montgomery has long capsulated it.