Montgomery Gentry is the famed Kentucky-native country music duo composed of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry. Since 1999, the two artists have worked together being known for their Southern rock influences. Also, they have collaborated with Country and rock stars such as Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and The Allman Brothers Band.
However, Gentry passed away from a helicopter crash while taking a helicopter tour of Medford, New Jersey on September 8, 2017. He was actually set to perform in the city with Montgomery later that evening.
While Montgomery Gentry will never be the same again without Gentry, the band, still, is releasing a new album. Well, thanks to the help of some fellow country stars. Darius Rucker, in particular, joins Eddie Montgomery for a duet on the track “Lucky Man.”
The Album: Montgomery Gentry, 20 Years of Hits
To celebrate Montgomery Gentry’s 20th-anniversary album of hit songs, Eddie Montgomery invited fellow artists and friends in the memorable album making. Other than Darius Rucker, the album, Montgomery Gentry: 20 Years of Hits, will feature Brad Paisley, Granger Smith, Jimmie Allen, Colt Ford, and several others. For sure, these artists will add a different flavor to the all-time favorite classics of Montgomery Gentry.
A Bittersweet Album
The album is set to be released on November 16. And, there has been a lot of excitement regarding its release. As a matter of fact, the whole thing about this exudes a bittersweet moment. While the tracklist will be star-studded, the album is also a tribute to Troy Gentry. Undeniably, his tragic passing is mournful even after a year.
Nonetheless, Montgomery has kept the band and Gentry’s memory going. The new album is his way to continue with the band and also honor his friend’s legacy.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Montgomery shared his thoughts about the upcoming album.
“I definitely want to make sure we don’t ever forget him, but of course, anybody who met him, you’d never forget him. It’s just, I don’t want to think about the accident, I want to think about all the great times we had. Because I know damn well I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. We had something that we didn’t even know.”
Montgomery and Rucker Collaboration
Since the recent release of the duet of the two country stars, fans have been all smiles with the collaboration. Their duet on the “Lucky Man” has so far received praises from both fans and media alike. In fact, Rolling Stone has said:
“The new version seamlessly incorporates Rucker’s husky voice with Montgomery’s warm delivery to create a classic expression of gratitude…”
While Montgomery and Rucker stayed true to the original version, a part of the lyrics were changed for the remake.
Check out Eddie Montgomery and Darius Rucker’s duet on the newly-released track, “Lucky Man:”