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MG in the Opry

Mike Sudhalter  |  June 25, 2009


Meet The Newest Grand Ole Opry members

Montgomery Gentry, the rowdy duo from Kentucky, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, presumably because they've had a decade of hits to their credit.

But here are some of their lesser-known songs that I really enjoyed. "I Loved A Lot More Than I've Hurt" - a very straight-ahead country song from their 1999 debut album, "Tattoos & Scars."

The title track of that album isn't half bad either. It's a storytelling ballad about an old man with scars (read: life experiences) telling a younger fellow with tattoos (which can't compare to scars).

But what a way to set the tone for your first album - with a title like Tattoos & Scars. To me, that just screams, 'I've got to hear this song."

It seems like the duo has somewhat softened its tough-guy image since 1999. Not to say they have gone completely soft, but it would have been hard to appear that tough for the past decade.

Troy Gentry sings lead vocals more often than Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, but it's still somewhat rare.

I liked what he did with the No. 2 track, "My Father's Son," and on the duo's 2001 sophomore album, "Carrying On."

"Lucky To Be Here", the final cut on that album, was also a good one. It's got a little bit different take than their hit years later, "Lucky Man." Both express being grateful, but there's more of an outlaw element in the former and more of a guy-next-door in the latter.

:: Posted at 2:10 AM by Mike Sudhalter ::
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