Thursday, August 18, 2011
– Montgomery Gentry's seventh studio album, "Rebels on the Run," will be out Oct. 4 on a new label for the duo, Average Joe's.
The CD is a collection of 11 songs and is their first after leaving Columbia Records.
"In a lot of ways the past year has been has been nothing but hell," said Eddie Montgomery, whose life was upended cancer and divorce late last year. He was blindsided by news of prostate cancer, which was fortunately caught early, promptly treated it and is now in remission. A short time later, his wife filed for divorce. "Man, without T-Roy and my family, this music, our fans and the Man upstairs, I don't know how I would've gotten through it," he said referring in part to musical partner Troy Gentry.
"I don't know if we would have made the same album if we hadn't been through everything we've been through in the last year," added Gentry. "We've always tried to record songs about things we've lived or seen, but the depth of all of those experiences really comes out in this album."
Average Joe's instructed Montgomery Gentry and producer Michael Knox, whose production credits include Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Hank Williams, Jr. and Kelly Clarkson to go with their own sound.
"They had gotten away from the music that made people fall in love with them in the beginning," said Tom Baldrica, President of Average Joe's Entertainment. "Eddie and Troy know their audience better than anyone, because they are their audience. That made it easy for them figure out what kind of songs they wanted on this album. They have also developed incredible relationships with the best songwriters in the business, which in turn helped them get the absolute best songs."
The duo collaborated with Jim Collins, Ira Dean, Wendell Mobley, David Lee Murphy, Rivers Rutherford and Neil Thrasher on three cuts. Rodney Clawson and Dallas Davidson co-wrote the duo's first single, Where I Come From, and they turned to Kelly Archer, Greg Bates, Kevin Grantt, Justin Weaver and others for the remaining songs.
Montgomery Gentry is on the road this week with dates in California, Las Vegas and Colorado.