Twelve years and seven albums later, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are back with their first record in three years, "Rebels on the Run," which was released October 18. It has everything we've come to expect from this rowdy duo -- party anthems, songs for the blue collar man, and patriotism references throughout. These tunes are sure to have Montgomery Gentry fans eating out of the palms of their hands during the live shows.
Leading the way is the album's first single, "Where I Come From," which is currently getting plenty of spins on country radio. It's another small town anthem, which we've been hearing a lot of lately, but I enjoy it. They're just singing about what they know, who they are, and where they come from. I can appreciate that.
Casual Montgomery Gentry fans are more familiar with the duo's mischievous, rambunctious side, but there's more to them than that. Take, for example, "Empty." After having battled cancer (he's cancer-free now, by the way) and dealing with an unexpected divorce, Eddie wasn't sure about cutting the song, but Troy convinced him that it would be a good thing. Eddie later said that it was a very healing process for him. Then there's a track called "Missing You," in which Troy takes the lead vocals. Eddie says he believes this to be Troy's best vocal recording of their career. And, I must say, his voice does sound wonderful. It has a very pure, unique tone to it.
"Damn Baby" is a love song, Montgomery Gentry style. Not exactly known for their mushy side, they decided to put their own spin on it. Troy describes it as "a very clever twist on a way to tell your girlfriend, or somebody special, how good they look." And it wouldn't be a Montgomery Gentry record without a couple party anthems that'll get the fans rockin'. "Damn Right I Am" and "Work Hard, Play Harder" are classic Eddie and Troy. These are the kinds of songs that got them their loyal fan base in the first place.
Overall, a very good effort from these guys. Now that Brooks & Dunn are out of the picture, it may be time for these two to step out of the shadow and really shine. The album is available now in stores and online retailers, including Amazon and iTunes. To find out more about Montgomery Gentry, check them out online.