10 Questions with ... Montgomery Gentry
September 4, 2011
EMAIL: Alicia Jones
1) Congrats on signing with Average Joe's Entertainment. After being on a major label, tell us why an Average Joe's Entertainment seemed like the right choice at this point in your career.
Troy: I think that Shannon and Tom and everyone at Average Joes just think like we do. They have the same vision for Montgomery Gentry and told us to go make a Montgomery Gentry record.
Eddie: Yeah, I can't say enough about those guys. They just let us be who we are.
2) Has Tom Baldrica been giving you any career advice yet? But seriously- you seem like you will make a great team.
Troy: Tom has been a champion of Montgomery Gentry for a long time. We're thrilled to be working with him again.
Eddie: Yeah, Tom man, he's just a great guy. We wouldn't want anyone else steering the ship!
3) We are excited to hear some new music! Tell us about why you picked your new single "Where I Come From."
Troy: We really had the hardest time picking a single this time around. There were at least five things that we all sort of fought over and discussed. And we'd all sit around and look at each other and say, 'This is a great problem to have!' "Where I Come From" is one of those songs that just grows on you more and more and I think the longer we all lived with the album, it just rose to the top and was a natural pick.
Eddie: Yeah, we have so many things on this record we all love. We were trying to think, 'Well what's radio going to want?' and 'What will the fans want?' And Troy's right, after a while, "Where I Come From" just stood out. It was crazy we all sat down one day in the studio and it just became real clear.
4) We also heard there is a full album in the works. Do you know when that is coming out and can we expect to hear anything different on this project?
Troy: Oh it's a done deal! You can buy it October 4th!
Eddie: I think that this record is the best thing we've done in years. People kept telling us we got away from Montgomery Gentry. Well, we're back. It's everything from kick you in the ass to heartbreak. It's what we're about and what we've gone through over the years. It's just awesome!
5) Eddie, I was really glad to hear that your treatment for prostate cancer was very successful. Do you think going through your battle with cancer has changed your perspective on your career any?
Eddie: It sure makes you appreciate life more. I'm just thankful every day that the Man upstairs thought I wasn't done down here yet. So yeah, it makes what we do just a little bit sweeter.
6) We know you guys both love to spend time with family when you are not out on the road. Tell us about your favorite things to do with the family when you are back at home.
Troy: I like to take my daughter to school and go to lunch with my wife. Just normal stuff. Boating is a past time that we all really enjoy. My youngest, Kaylee is starting to get into water sports like skiing.
7) Troy- I know your oldest daughter just graduated and is headed to MTSU here in Tennessee. How has that transition been? Has it been tough seeing her off to college and did caught the music bug or is she headed on another career path?
Troy: Well she hasn't moved into the dorms yet so that transition hasn't happened quite yet. I think she is looking forward to it though and it will be cool to have her closer to us. She is very musically talented. She's actually studying music business and audio production at MTSU.
8) It seems like you guys are always doing charity shows for big causes like tornado relief and the USO. Why is this so important to you and can you tell what causes are closest to your hearts?
Eddie: Man, we can't say enough about our military and what they mean to us. They truly are our heroes. It means so much that they come out to see us whenever we go to them to play a show.
Troy: We just feel so honored and blessed to be able to do what we do for a living, we don't think twice about giving back. Whether it's a USO show or something to benefit our neighbors when they need us, we really try to be there. And we of course have a very special place in our hearts for Camp Horsin Around, TJ Martell Foundation and Make-A-Wish.
9) While you guys are traveling so much on the bus from place to place, what CDs are you listening to? Are there any new Country artists you are enjoying right now?
Troy: There are so many great artists out there right now but some of the newer guys I'm listening to right now are Luke Bryan, Aldean and Jake Owen.
Eddie: I listen to everything from Ozzy to Dean Martin. I just got the Trent Tomlinson project and it really kicks ass.
10) Thanks for giving us an update! Anything else coming up that you are excited about? What's next for Montgomery Gentry?
Troy: We're just really excited to be adding new music from the new album to our shows every night. Our fans are really liking the new tunes. And we're headed down to Mexico in November for TJ Martell's "Country On The Beach," that should be fun. We'll definitely need a little R&R by then.
Eddie: We just shot a video for the single "Where I Come From" and it is totally awesome! They shot some action shots out in CA and we did our parts here in Nashville and the whole thing looks like a movie or something, it's very cool
1) If you could play on stage with any artist out there, who would you choose?
Troy: Michael Buble or Will Smith
2) What's the first concert you ever attended?
Troy: Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama
3) What are your must haves on the bus- any favorite junk food?
Troy: Must haves - Oh Yeah protein bars. My junk food weakness is chips.
Eddie: I love Paydays and Blow Pops. Hell, if it's sweet, I'll eat it!