By Shannon Frost Greenstein
On September 8th, 2017, Troy Gentry, of the band Montgomery Gentry, tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash. His partner and friend, Eddie Montgomery, is finally opening up about his grief, and his determination to keep Troy’s legacy alive through music.
“Of course, after Sept. 8 my whole world changed, and a lot of people’s worlds changed,” Eddie said. “For a while the world stopped and [there were] a lot of sleepless nights and just thinking, ‘Man, do we put out the CD? Do I keep going?’”
Eddie and Troy have a history going back 35 years, and had just completed a new album, “Here’s To You” to mark the 20th anniversary of the band. The album wrapped literally the day before Gentry’s death.
Surprisingly, the partners had discussed the future of Montgomery Gentry, if one of them were to pass away. Eddie said, “…We had talked about it over a few drinks, just being brothers and friends all these years going, ‘If anything ever happens to one of us, man, we want the other one to keep Montgomery Gentry going and keep it rocking.”
That is exactly what Eddie Montgomery plans to do. After checking with Gentry’s wife and teenage daughter, as well as the pair’s bandmates, he has decided to not only put out the album…it drops February 2nd…but to continue touring as Montgomery Gentry.
It is a final tribute to Troy, and a way to honor his memory while keeping his spirit alive through the music. Montgomery acknowledges that, if he were still with us, Gentry would desperately want the band to continue. And so that is exactly what is going to happen.
As Eddie said, “…As long as I’m alive, he will be alive.”