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|Montgomery Gentry at the Grand Ole' Opry in Nashville TN
January 31, 2009 . This was taken at the Ryman Auditorium
|Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry
Montgomery Gentry was an American country music duo consisting of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, both natives
of Kentucky. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery's
brother, John Michael Montgomery. Although Gentry won a talent contest in 1994, he reunited with Eddie Montgomery after Gentry
was unable to find a solo record deal, and Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo was known for its Southern rock
influences, and collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of The Allman Brothers Band.
Montgomery Gentry released six studio albums for Columbia Records' Nashville division: Tattoos & Scars (1999), Carrying On
(2001), My Town (2002), You Do Your Thing (2004), Some People Change (2006), and Back When I Knew It All (2008), and a
Greatest Hits package. These albums produced more than twenty chart singles for the duo on the Billboard Hot Country Songs
charts, including the number 1 hits "If You Ever Stop Loving Me", "Something to Be Proud Of", "Lucky Man", "Back When I Knew
It All", and "Roll with Me". Ten more of their songs reached the top 10 on the country charts, including the number 3 hit "Gone",
the most played country song by a duo in 2005. Tattoos & Scars, My Town, and You Do Your Thing are all certified platinum by
the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1999, they were awarded Favorite New Artist—Country at the American Music
Awards. Both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association named them Duo of the Year in 2000, an award for
which they have been nominated by both associations in every year since. In 2009, they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
On September 8, 2017, Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, where the duo was scheduled to perform that
Troy Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Patricia
(née Webb; 1942-2007) and Lloyd Gentry (1934-2017). He had a brother,
Keith Gentry. Troy graduated from Lexington Community College and attended
the University of Kentucky.
Gentry married Angie McClure in 1999. They had a child, Kaylee,
who was born in November 2002.
Gentry had a child, Taylor, from a previous marriage.
In 2004, he purchased a black bear named "Cubby" from a facility called the
Minnesota Wildlife Connection and subsequently shot the bear from inside an
electrified enclosure, a practice commonly known as "canned hunting". On
November 27, 2006, Gentry pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely tagging a bear
that was killed in a fenced enclosure as if it had been killed in the wild. Under the
plea agreement, he agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting, fishing and
trapping in Minnesota for 5 years and forfeit Cubby's taxidermied remains and
the bow he used to shoot Cubby. In a statement that he posted on the duo's
website on November 9, 2010, he apologized for his actions as well as the
unethical manner in which he killed Cubby.
On September 8, 2017, Gentry died in a helicopter crash while en route to a New Jersey concert venue to perform with Montgomery
Gentry. On Twitter, the band released the following statement: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the
popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 p.m.
today in Medford, New Jersey."
According to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report, Gentry and a commercial pilot were flying in a Schweizer
269C-1, registration number N204HF, when the pilot reported that the engine would not respond to throttle inputs and that he
intended to land. The pilot initiated autorotation about 950 ft (290 m) above ground level, and the aircraft initially descended
normally, but its descent rate increased as rotor RPM decayed. The helicopter struck the ground and broke apart, killing Gentry
and the pilot. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
On September 14, 2017, a public memorial service for Gentry was held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
|Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena
Interviews on the red carpet with the stars at the Volunteer Jam 2015
Special guests include Travis Tritt, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Terri Clark,
Wynonna, Michael W. Smith, Trace Adkins, The Oak Ridge Boys, The
Outlaws, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan,
Lee Greenwood, Tracy Lawrence, Phil Vassar, The Grascals,
Eric Church, Alabama, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Hall & Lynyrd Skynyrd
|New Report: Montgomery Gentry Band Member Dies
In Helicopter Crash In Burlington County New Jersey
|The TV News Live at the Memorial For Troy Gentry in Nashville TN
|Montgomery Gentry at the
CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair)
|Volunteer Jam - Montgomery Gentry
Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 12, 2015
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|Better Me - Montgomery Gentry
“Better Me,” which features Gentry, who was 50, on lead vocals singing
about putting wilder days behind him to get closer to God and family.
* September 2017: The song is from a forthcoming album that was
planned to commemorate Montgomery Gentry’s 30 years as a duo.