Fans and Country Community Help Eddie Montgomery

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Eddie Montgomery knows the old saying, "The show must go on" very well.  For almost two decades, he and and his close friend friend Troy Gentry recorded and toured together as the multi-award winning duo, Montgomery Gentry.

Eddie Montgomery Announces The Show Must Go On
Eddie Montgomery Announces The Show Must Go On
"Next year marks the 20th anniversary of our band — we’ve got lots to celebrate and look forward to in 2018.”

They had discussed continuing on with their careers and the duo's name should anything happen to either one.  Sadly, last September, Troy lost his life in a helicopter crash (story below) and suddenly, Eddie had to make some difficult life and career decisions.

Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry Dies In NJ Helicopter Crash
Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry Dies In NJ Helicopter Crash
Troy Gentry, 50, one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a devastating helicopter crash in Medford, NJ

Eddie is keeping his promise to Troy thanks in part to the support of their fans and the country music community. He kicked off their first tour without Troy last week, and Eddie  admits that Troy’s presence is missed on the tour which will bring Montgomery Gentry to the 2018 "Taste of Country Music Festival" at Hunter Mountain, NY this summer.

“There’s no way that we can even get on the bus without thinking about him,” Eddie tells “Billboard.” “He used to carry this big wooden spoon all the time, and he’d always be stirring something up, and getting people fired up about something – just smiling. That’s what we’re going to take with us, this year…and forever. That’s the bottom line.”

Eddie says the group’s fans have been particularly helpful as he tries to get over Troy’s September death. “We don’t call them fans – we call them friends, and I would hear from social media, or running into the store," he says. “One night at a gas station, a man came up and said ‘Me and my best friend in the world – we’ve been friends for 35 years – we were riding motorcycles one day, and he lost control of his and got killed. I know what you’re going through.’ You hear stories of all kinds. It’s helped a lot.”

Artists Pay Tribute To Troy Gentry And Don Williams In Song
Artists Pay Tribute To Troy Gentry And Don Williams In Song
Tyler Hubbard, Jake Owen, Dan + Shay and Old Dominion pay tribute to Don Williams and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry.

Eddie says the country community really helped him get through the tragedy as well. “We were blessed to have made a lot of friends – among the legends and superstars,” he shares. “They were calling on the phone, and showing up at the funeral. I can’t thank them enough.” He adds, “They have reached out to me, inviting me to be on shows with them, and that – along with all the letters and the cards – has been unbelievable.”

Source: Billboard

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