The banner still reads Montgomery Gentry. The name on the drumhead says Montgomery Gentry. Troy Gentry’s guitar took center stage, as a reminder of his absence. A reminder no one really needed. Everyone remembers Troy. Everyone misses him. The audience knew they would be hearing the music of Montgomery Gentry, when Eddie Montgomery and the band took to the stage on opening night of the 2018 Appalachia Fair. But, those fans also knew things would be a little different.
Following the concert, one fan posted on Facebook, “Awesome but sad concert. Troy will never be forgotten.” Another said, “The concert was great, but bittersweet”. “It was wonderful, I’m glad I went,” another fan said. Troy may be gone, but fans all seem to agree that Eddie made the right decision to keep the music in front of us. We love it, and he wants us to have it.
The band is a family. Anyone who thought Troy and Eddie were just a duo wasn’t really paying attention. When you watch the band working together, you know the kind of family they are. And, you know how much they enjoy bringing the music to their fans. The group of very talented musicians sharing the stage with Eddie Montgomery included Bo Garrett, Guitar Legend; Frank Boners, Guitar Hero; Jimma Mataser, Guitar/Slide; Eddie K., Keys/Band Leader; Chris Knight, Drums; Jason Duggins, Bass. (My apologies to any of those names I may have misspelled).
It wouldn’t have been a Montgomery Show without hits like “Where I Come From”, “Couldn’t Change Me”, and “Something to be Proud Of”. They opened with those, and closed with “My Town” and “Gone”. We also heard “King of The World”, “Whattaya Think About That”, “Roll With Me”, “One in Every Crowd,” and a host of others. The concert was fun, entertaining, memorable…and, pretty much one of those kind of nights you hoped would never end.
I think the best way to close this out is with more pictures from Monday night’s show. We will include some of the awesome band as well. (Article and photos by Country’s Chatter staffers, Stephanie Hoilman and Brittany Johnson)
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