Montgomery Gentry, Green, Shiflett drop new music
Friday, June 14, 2019
– Montgomery Gentry released the seven-song EP "Outskirts" today. This marked the second release since the death of Troy Gentry in September 2017 in a helicopter accident while en route to a New Jersey gig. Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins produced the set. The song "King of the World" features ace guitarist Steve Vai. In addition to originals, the EP also features two cover songs - Montgomery's version of Merle Haggard's "What Am I Going To Do With The Rest Of My Life," and Gentry's take on the Darrell Scott classic "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."
Newcomer Riley Green, who had a hit with "There Was This Girl," is out with the EP "Buy That Man a Beer" on Big Machine. This is his fifth EP. "In Love By Now" is the current single for the Jacksonville, Ala. native. He was once a contestant on "Redneck Island," a CMT reality show.
Chris Shiflett takes a break from his main gig, guitarist for the Foo Fighters by releasing his fourth solo disc, "Hard Lessons." Dave Cobb, who was at the helm for Shiflett's well-received "West Coast Town" from 2017, once again produced. The disc, recorded at Nashville's Studio A, is a more rocking version of Shiflett's vision of Americana with lots of guitar.
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