12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Some People Change went gold in 2006 with three hits on the country charts, starting with an inspired title track that was first recorded by Kenny Chesney on 2004's When The Sun Goes Down. "Some People Change" is a gospel-tinged country rock hymn with humble lyrics about giving folks a second chance to learn from their mistakes. The uplifting tune floats on vintage organ drones before unfolding to reveal the soaring, soulful harmonies of a huge church choir. With its blessings-counting lyrics, God loving sentiment, and classic American honky-tonk ballad song structure, it's no surprise that "Lucky Man" became the duo's third ever number one hit. "What Do Ya Think About That" didn't chart as high, but it's a funny little single that rips on the nosy neighbors and gossip mavens of heartland suburbia. "Hey Country" is an outstanding track which starts off sounding so similar to the intro riff of Heart's "Magic Man" that you have to wonder if Ann and Nancy Wilson would be put off or flattered. And though these ballads are as good as any, Montgomery Gentry shine best when fusing a 1970s country rock base with modern production like on "Free Ride In The Fast Lane."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Some People Change went gold in 2006 with three hits on the country charts, starting with an inspired title track that was first recorded by Kenny Chesney on 2004's When The Sun Goes Down. "Some People Change" is a gospel-tinged country rock hymn with humble lyrics about giving folks a second chance to learn from their mistakes. The uplifting tune floats on vintage organ drones before unfolding to reveal the soaring, soulful harmonies of a huge church choir. With its blessings-counting lyrics, God loving sentiment, and classic American honky-tonk ballad song structure, it's no surprise that "Lucky Man" became the duo's third ever number one hit. "What Do Ya Think About That" didn't chart as high, but it's a funny little single that rips on the nosy neighbors and gossip mavens of heartland suburbia. "Hey Country" is an outstanding track which starts off sounding so similar to the intro riff of Heart's "Magic Man" that you have to wonder if Ann and Nancy Wilson would be put off or flattered. And though these ballads are as good as any, Montgomery Gentry shine best when fusing a 1970s country rock base with modern production like on "Free Ride In The Fast Lane."

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About Montgomery Gentry

Country duo Montgomery Gentry evoke the sound and spirit of Southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Charlie Daniels, painting themselves as rowdy redneck rebels who still hold small-town values. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry first played together in Early Tymz, a Lexington, Kentucky band led by Montgomery's brother, future country star John Michael Montgomery. Both Eddie and Troy had been performing on the local club scene since their teenage years, the former as a drummer in his father's band. After Early Tymz broke up, a new group called Young Country formed from its ashes, with John Michael billed out front. He eventually went solo, of course, and Montgomery Gentry first formed not long after, initially calling themselves Deuce.

After playing around Lexington for a time, Montgomery Gentry landed a deal with Columbia thanks to a showcase performance. Their debut album, Tattoos & Scars, was released in 1999 and made the country Top Ten on the strength of the Top 20 singles "Hillbilly Shoes" and "Daddy Won't Sell the Farm," plus the Top Five smash "Lonely and Gone" and the Charlie Daniels collaboration "All Night Long." They were named the CMA's Duo of the Year in 2000, breaking a run of eight consecutive years by Brooks & Dunn. In 2001, the follow-up album Carrying On was released; it also made the country Top Ten and produced the number two smash "She Couldn't Change Me." A third album, My Town, was completed quickly and released in 2002, bringing the duo their third Top Five hit in the title track.

The hard-driving You Do Your Thing arrived in 2004, followed by the greatest-hits collection Something to Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 in November of 2005. Some People Change appeared from Columbia Records in 2006, followed by Back When I Knew It All in early 2008. It all amounted to a pretty successful track record, with a dozen or more of their singles since 1999, plus all of their studio albums, entering the Top Ten charts (as did the greatest-hits collection). The duo's eighth studio album, Gravel Road, appeared in 2010. The Michael Knox-produced Rebels on the Run, the duo's first album for new label Average Joe's Entertainment, appeared in 2011; it debuted at nine on the Billboard country charts. A digital-only EP called Friends and Family showed up in October 2012, and after two years of solid touring the duo signed to Blaster Records and released the full-length Folks Like Us in June 2015. ~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett

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