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Montgomery Gentry Biography


Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry

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Band Members:

Montgomery Gentry consists of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry.

Eddie Montgomery Facts:

Name: Gerald Edward Montgomery
Birthdate: September 30, 1963
Birthplace: Danville, KY
Early Influences: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams, Jr., Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard
First band: At around age 5, Eddie began performaing with his parents' band, Harold Montgomery & Kentucky River Express. When he was a teen, he joined the band full-time, replacing his mom on the drums. "I basically grew up in honky-tonks," he says. "We had music equipment in our living room instead of furniture."

Troy Gentry Facts:

Name: Troy Lee Gentry
Birth date: April 5, 1967
Birthplace: Lexington, KY
Early Influences: George Jones, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard.
Early gig:As a teenager Troy began doing guest vocals with area bands and eventually landed a gig with a local Lexington, KY group. Due to his outstanding talent, Troy won the 1994 Jim Beam National Talent Search in Nashville, which led to opening slots for Patty Loveless, John Michael Montgomery, Tracy Byrd and Eddie Rabbitt

Montgomery Gentry Quote:

When asked what advice they'd give an aspiring artist, Eddie Montgomery remarked:

"Just dig warm, stay true to yourself and be who you are. I think that's the main thing of the game. And just keep digging and don't just grab the first song that comes along."

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Montgomery Gentry Biography:

Gerald Edward Montgomery and Troy Gentry both grew up in Kentucky, and their first band together was called Young Country. After two years together, Troy decided he wanted to try a solo career, so he left the band in 1994, and entered the Jim Beam National Talent Contest, which he won. From this, he earned opening spots for artists like John Michael Montgomery (Eddie's brother), Patty Loveless and Tracy Byrd.

Nothing really came of Troy's solo career, so he joined back with Eddie to form a duo they called Montgomery Gentry. They took to the honky tonks and bars of Kentucky to build their fan base, before heading to Nashville, where they were signed by Sony Nashville.

Hillbilly Honky Tonk

In 1999, they released their debut CD, Tattoos & Scars. The album earned them a Top 5 single with "Lonely and Gone."

2000 was an award-winning year

In 2000, Montgomery Gentry claimed the CMA Duo of the Year award, breaking an eight year winning streak by Brooks & Dunn. They also won the ACM New Duo or Group award, an American Music Award for Favorite New Country Artist, and Radio and Records Readers Poll named them Top Country Duo.

In 2001, they released their sophomore release, Carrying On, and earned their first No. 2 song, "She Couldn't Change Me." They also performed before over a million fans as part of Kenny Chesney's popular No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Tour that in 2002 and 2003. My Town followed with more Top 5 success, but it wasn't until 2004's You Do Your Thing was released that they finally earned their first No. 1, with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." The album also included their second No. 1, with "Something To Be Proud Of."

Greatest Hits

A greatest hits project was next to be released in 2005, taking its name from the duo's second chart topper, Something To Be Proud Of: Best of 1999 - 2005

Some People Change followed in 2006, adding three more Top 10 songs to the duo's collection of hits, including "Lucky Man," which topped the charts for two weeks.

In 2008, they released their next studio album, Back When I Knew It All. They added two more No. 1 hits, with the title track and "Roll With Me." The third single, "There's One In Every Crowd," is another Top 5, and rising.

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