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article imageMontgomery Gentry discusses new country album 'Folks Like Us' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 20, 2015 in Music
Troy Gentry from the country duo Montgomery Gentry chatted with Digital Journal about their new studio album "Folks Like Us."
Their latest album Folks Like Us was released on June 9 on Blaster Records, through RED Distribution, and it is their first studio effort in almost four years.
"We were on a three-year transition from record labels, and when we signed with Blaster Records, we went back in the studio with Michael Knox, and we started hunting down songs. All of our material in the past has always been theme-based around family, faith, patriotism, support for our military and the blue-collar workers out there. We tried to find the best possible tunes to represent us for this next chapter in the lives of Montgomery Gentry," he said.
He listed the title track "Folks Like Us" and "Back On A Dirt Road," a collaboration with Chris Robertson, the lead singer of Black Stone Cherry, as his two favorite songs on the album. "It is a really cool, fun tune and it would go over pretty good live," he said, referring to "Back On A Dirt Road."
It was produced by Michael Knox, who has worked with such country artists as Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett. "Michael is awesome. He produced our last two records, and he is like one of us. It is a pleasure to be around him," Gentry said.
Country duo Montgomery Gentry
Country duo Montgomery Gentry
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On April 10, 2015, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were inducted into the coveted Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. "That felt great. It is truly an honor to be recognized by our home state after so many years of hard work. It is very humbling to be a part of that club as well. There is so much great talent that comes out of Kentucky, whether it is in acting, or the arts or in music. It is very flattering," he said.
He listed Sara Evans and Patty Loveless as his dream female artists in music.
This summer, the duo celebrated their six-year anniversary as members of the Grand Ole Opry. "That was incredible," Gentry said. "When we first came to Nashville in 1997, that was one of the things on our list that we wanted to accomplish. The Opry has meant a lot to us. Growing up as kids, our parents would listen to it on the radio or watched it on TV, and it was one of those things that we wanted to be a part of. The Opry is a big tradition in Nashville and in country music."
Throughout their career in country music, Montgomery Gentry has charted over 20 singles and they have sold millions of records. They have garnered nominations from the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Grammy awards. Five of their radio singles reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts.
For more information on country duo Montgomery Gentry and their new music, visit their website.
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