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Gentry of Montgomery Gentry killed in crash

Friday, September 8, 2017 – Troy Gentry, one-half of Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash today.

The Montgomery Gentry web site said, "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 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old."

"Details of the crash are unknown," the web site said. "Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."

Gentry was born in Lexington, Ky. on April 5, 1967. He joined up with his future partner, Eddie Montgomery, and his brother John in a band, Young Country. John MIchael Montgomery pursued a solo career in the early 1990s, leading Gentry to pursue his own career.

He won the Jim Beam National Talent Contest in 1994, but after failing to secure a solo career, he reunited with Eddie Montgomery to form the group Deuce. They changed the name to Montgomery Gentry and signed with Columbia Records' Nashville division in 1999. Montgomery Gentry released its debut, "Tattoos & Scars," in 1999. They scored three top 10 hits from the disc. The duo released seven full-length albums, scoring five number one singles.

Gentry married Angie McClure in late 1999. They have one daughter named Kaylee. Gentry also has an older daughter, Taylor, as well.

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Folks Like Us CD review - Folks Like Us
Where once Garth Brooks was criticized for not being country enough, today we have hip hop artists making cameos and artists like Sam Hunt topping the country charts with EDM songs. With no release since 2011's "Rebels on the Run," we see Montgomery Gentry return to a radically different country music scene than the one they were a part of at the turn of the century. Bro country has enjoyed a large amount of success in recent years, and it is arguable that this duo is one of the »»»
Rebels on the Run CD review - Rebels on the Run
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
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