Montgomery Gentry may be “rebels on the run” in one sense of the phrase, but they opened up and proved they also have quite the soft spots. They are a part of three recent albums: one their own, one a tribute, and one a movie soundtrack that honors the military.
“It’s been so long since we’ve had new music out there,” Troy Gentry said backstage at a recent Opry performance. “We’re just so excited about this new stuff off Rebels On The Run. It feels good to play new music and have fresh material to play.”
The album hit stores in October of last year and features the first single “Where I Come From,” plus 10 others including the title track, “Empty,” “Simple Things,” “My So Called Life,” and more.
The duo performed their first single from the album on the Opry stage, and will be back for more songs on March 2. Click here to get tickets to see them at the Opry.
“There’s nothing like the Opry and just being on that stage,” Eddie Montgomery said. “It gets you fired up. It’s a great feeling when you get introduced, especially by a legend.”
But for artists, and particularly members of the Grand Ole Opry family, the relationship goes much deeper than just the stage and the fans. It all happens backstage too.
“It’s so cool to see all the guys backstage too and all the folks that we’ve been listening to and admiring and looking up to for years,” Troy said. “Now they are our buddies. It’s just really cool after so many years of looking at them from afar in amazement to now be able to call them friends and they call us friends back. It’s really cool to hang out with these guys.”
He’s talking about people like Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Jim Ed Brown, Connie Smith, Mike Snider, John Conlee, Riders In The Sky, Jimmy C. Newman – and the list could go on. They are currently part of the heartbeat of the Grand Ole Opry. They’re the legends of country music.
Another country music legend that’s close to Montgomery Gentry’s heart is Waylon Jennings. They recently re-recorded one of his songs, “Good Ol’ Boys” (Dukes Of Hazard Theme Song) for the second volume of The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings. To learn more about the album, click here.
“It’s unreal,” Eddie said of recording “Good Ol’ Boys.” “You cut your teeth singing that in the clubs and grow up watching the TV show. You know, I’d say we thought we were (good ol’ boys).” Click play below to hear why.
The duo actually got to perform with Waylon at the Opry’s most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium, before Waylon passed away in February 2002.
“That’s what came to mind when we started talking about the tribute album,” Troy said. “The fact that we were able to before his passing get in the studio and do an album with him and able to perform live on stage with him downtown at the Ryman is pretty awesome. To think about cutting one of his songs again just took me back to the time we got to hang out for just a short period of time.”
The duo also has a cut of the upcoming film Act of Valor soundtrack. It’s a unique film about an elite team of Navy SEALs who embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. It’s inspired by true events and is a blend of real-life heroism and original film making in which the characters are portrayed by active-duty Navy SEALs. The movie hits theaters this weekend (February 24) but the soundtrack is available now. Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, and more.
“We were able to do a song on the soundtrack to that movie called ‘What It Takes,’” Troy said. “It was pretty cool to be a part of the soundtrack. It’s our second soundtrack, ironically both having to do with military and soldiers. The first one was a Mel Gibson film called We Were Soldiers and now this one. It’s really cool to be able to honor our soldiers and our military by participating on these albums like this.”
Click here to see Montgomery Gentry on the Opry March 2 & April 6.