Montgomery Gentry Shows Up At Hoedown ‘Locked, Cocked And Ready To Rock!’

Montgomery Gentry showed up at the Downtown Hoedown on Saturday “locked, cocked and ready to rock!” With a new hit song, “My So Called Life,” a new label and new music, fans at the Downtown Hoedown were in for quite a show!

Troy Gentry expanded on the record label switch when the duo spoke with WYCD personality Jason the 300lb Cowboy on Saturday before they took the stage in front of a crowd of tens of thousands at Comerica Park. “We had down time between record labels, it’s great to have a new home at Average Joe Records – and as far as on the road, it’s awesome that we got some new music to play for everybody – it’s been the same old stuff ya know, same hits we’ve been playing for the last couple years, so it’s great to be able to switch it up a little bit and throw in a bunch of great new tunes from Rebels On The Run.”

Eddie Montgomery says he still gets nervous, but once he is on stage with ‘friends’ that all changes.  “I’m gonna be honest with you, I still get nervous every time I hit the stage, once you get out there and everybody starts singing your songs back to you – well we don’t call them fans – we call ’em friends, and once everybody – all our friends start singing back and they’re louder than us, man, there’s no rush like that.”

Recently, the pair took part in the Inaugural Tug McGraw Shoot-Out that raised $65,000 and benefits the Tug McGraw Foundation supporting the lives of military families affected by PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. According to Eddie, Troy fared quite well in the competition as the number 1 celebrity. Troy says he does like shooting, “I grew up shooting skeet and trap and stuff so it’s a lot of fun (referring to the event).”  

Eddie mentions his 16 year old boy who loves to deer hunt, but “I’m more of a rabbit and squirrel hunter now, love to get out, walk around and I love to hear them beagles hunt.”

When Jason asked if they knew what was in his gun case, Eddie says “a 30/30, some kinda deer hunting rifle, you got a shotgun, you got a bird rifle and of course ifyou’re like me, you got a lot of pistols to make sure your house is safe.”

So what does Montgomery Gentry do when they get home from touring? Eddie did not hesitate for a second to respond with “You know it’s the kids with me man. Period.  Bottom line.  I live on a farm, got a bunch of animals, so I catch up on farm work and my family.” 

Troy says that during the summertime “it’s pool time or lake time or both or in between whatever sports the little one is playing.”  Which now happens to be summer basketball.

Eddie joked when asked what sports he played as a kid, that he played “shots” defending his comment with “hey, I grew up in a honky tonk family.”  Troy says he “played all sports, baseball, basketball, football.” Eddie added that “being from Kentucky man, it’s always University of Kentucky basketball.  When you are born in Kentucky, the first thing you get in your crib is a basketball.” Go Wildcats!

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Nanci Haskin/99.5 WYCD

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