Central Kentucky native and resident Eddie Montgomery, half of the country music singing duo Montgomery Gentry, confirmed Thursday that he has prostate cancer.
Montgomery, 47, who lives near Perryville in Boyle County, will undergo surgery in December, according to CMT.com.
"I will be back in January ready to rock for all the fans," Montgomery said in a written statement. "Please keep my family and (me) in your prayers."
Montgomery and singing partner Troy Gentry are in Canada to perform a Friday night show in Windsor, Ontario. The duo will return to Nashville for Charlie Daniels' annual Christmas 4 Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday before completing their 2010 concert schedule with a Dec. 4 concert in Charlotte, N.C.
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Montgomery, the brother of Jessamine County resident and country singer John Michael Montgomery, owns a steakhouse in Harrodsburg. The restaurant had its grand opening in September.
Last month, Montgomery Gentry helped to build a playground at Lexington's Booker T. Washington Academy intermediate center, for students in grades 3 to 5, on Price Road.