Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry
09sep5:30 pmEddie Montgomery of Montgomery GentryLincoln Amphitheatre
All times central.Presented in part by Omni Earthworks.VIP doors @ 5 p.m.General Admission doors @ 5:30 p.m.Opening Act TBD @
All times central.
Presented in part by Omni Earthworks.
VIP doors @ 5 p.m.
General Admission doors @ 5:30 p.m.
Opening Act TBD @ 6:30 p.m.
Eddie Montgomery @ 7:30 p.m.
You might catch Eddie Montgomery taking a quick glance at an empty space beside him when he and The Wild Bunch take the Kyana Woodstock Performance Stage at the Lincoln Amphitheatre to play the expected duet hits as well as tunes from his brand-new and mostly raucous solo debut “Ain’t No Closing Me Down.”
By tragic circumstance a solo artist, Eddie always feels the presence of Troy Gentry, his honky-tonking partner back to the days they played for beer or a chunk of flesh at a pig roast near their eastern Kentucky roots.
The man who is always “with” Eddie on stage and immersed in the soul of his first solo album is his long-time partner, Troy Gentry, who died Sept. 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash that could have put a tragic end to Montgomery Gentry. Except Eddie made a promise that the MG sound would go on: Which, at its heart, is what this new album is all about.
Rowdily honed in honky-tonks and at parties in their Kentucky homeland, Montgomery Gentry rocked to stardom in 1999 with propulsive collection “Tattoos & Scars.” Over the next 18 years, the duo had 20-plus charted singles, collected CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations and awards with such unsubtle, blue-collar rallying cries as “Hell Yeah,” “My Town” and the irrepressible “Hillbilly Shoes.”
Their No. 1s included “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me. ”Grand Ole Opry members since 2009, MG also belong to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, where they join the likes of Bill Monroe, Tom T. Hall, Skeeter Davis, Lionel Hampton and Eddie’s brother, John Michael Montgomery.
“Ain’t a day goes by that I don’t think of him,” he says. “We made a promise, a deal, way back when. It was over Jim Beam. It was: If one of us goes down, we want Montgomery Gentry to go on. Keep the music going. We were a honky-tonk band, and he’s with me, and he’s always going to be.” He smiles. “We were together so much, we finished each other’s sentences and everything, ”a brotherhood that remains in his solo billing: “It’s always going to be ‘Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.’”
For more information about Eddie Montgomery, visit www.MontgomeryGentry.com.
(Saturday) 5:30 pm