ACM Party For A Cause
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.”
After tour managing the biggest comedy tour in the country ( Larry the Cable guy/Blue Collar Comedy Tour ) writing movie soundtracks (one of which was nominated for a grammy) and songs that have appeared on projects selling over 6 million units including 3 Nationally Charting Hits “ Wagon Wheel “, “ This Town Needs a bar ” & “ Cold ” on Billboard . McComb is a performer who has seen it all.
S pen ding years with major & major independent record deals and touring with: Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry & many others. His first album “My Side of Town” was picked by People Magazine as “Nine stars to Watch” , received countless 4+ star reviews including “Country Weekly” who called it “one of the years most encouraging albums” .
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