Saturday, October 30, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Montgomery Gentry
Album:Greatest Hits: Something To Be Proud Of
With their mix of country music and Southern rock, Montgomery Gentry has been one of the most consistent hitmakers of the 2000's. They have had several top five country hits and have even crossed over to pop. They are currently at a career crossroads and it should be interesting to see if they can continue producing hits. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are from Gerrard County, KY. Eddie is the younger brother of country music star John Michael Montgomery. The three had a band called Early Tymz. When John Michael left to go solo, the Eddie and Gentry continued to work together. In 1994, Gentry won a talent contest and attempted to launch a solo career. When he was unable to land a record deal, Montgomery Gentry reunited and they signed with Columbia Records after a 1999 showcase. Their debut CD Tattoos & Scars gave them their first top five country hit Lonely and Gone. The album went platinum and Montgomery Gentry won the CMA Awards Vocal Duo Of The Year in 2000. Their success has continued ever since. Speed is from their 2002 CD My Town and reached #5 on the Country Singles chart. Speed was co-written by singer songwriter Jeffrey Steele. Though he records his own music, Steele has had a lot of success as a songwriter and is best known as one of the judges on the TV talent show Nashville Star. Montgomery Gentry finally had their first #1 country hit with If You Ever Stop Loving Me followed by Something To Be Proud Of. This comp was released in 2005 and is available as a budget CD. Montgomery Gentry has continued to have great success. They released another comp in 2009 called Hits and More. An expanded edition was supposed to be released in 2010. But last month, Montgomery Gentry announced the cancellation of that release and also announced their departure from Columbia. They are working on a new CD but have not yet announced their new label. So I expect we will see new music on a new label in 2011. It should be interesting to see if Montgomery Gentry can continue their success. Here's the video for Speed by Montgomery Gentry.