Montgomery’s musical partner, Troy Gentry, died late last summer in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. In the months following his passing, the duo’s final album together, “Here’s to You,” was released and Montgomery announced the group would continue under the Montgomery Gentry name, per Gentry’s wishes.
“At first, I didn’t know whether to keep singing or if we should even put out the CD,” Montgomery said to the Herald-Leader’s Walter Tunis, in January. “We had finished the CD two days before the accident. So it became, like, ‘Should we put this out?’ But we had had a talk, actually, about this awhile back. We agreed that if something should happen to one of us, we wanted Montgomery Gentry to keep going. So I talked to my band guys about it. Plus, I knew T-Roy would be right there going, ‘Hey, man, keep this rocking.’ So we’re going to keep Montgomery Gentry rocking.”
Since before the album release, Montgomery Gentry has had a fairly active touring schedule, but has not come very close to The Bluegrass. Montgomery told WVLK radio in February he wanted to get used to the new format of the band before bringing it back to the town where the duo got its start. The tour schedule now includes a date at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights on May 11 opening for Alabama. But barring any other bookings, Aug. 3 will be the homecoming.
Tickets for the Manchester Music Hall show are $27.50 to $60 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Rich Copley, @copiousnotes