Black Music Matters Festival

Montgomery Gentry

Something To Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 – 2005 (Columbia)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

See it on Amazon

CDs by Montgomery Gentry

Six years ago, the duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry jumped on to the scene with rebellious, southern rock-tinged tunes, recalling the likes of Hank Williams Jr. and Charlie Daniels.

Since then, the Kentucky duo hasn't slowed down, putting out hits that express patriotism (title song) and the virtues of small town life ("My Town," "Daddy Won't Sell The Farm"). The best of the new three cuts is MG's rendition of Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From the Family, a humorous song about spending the holiday with yourdysfunctional relatives.

The title track is a poignant tune about a guy recalling the things his dad was proud, but the song really carries an important, but simple message: do your best. "She Don't Tell Me To" is typical MG tune in that it expresses a mix of independence and affection. The 13-song greatest hits album shows the duo's versatility over the last 6 years from the rollicking "Hillbilly Shoes"-their first hit song- to "Didn't I," a song about Vietnam War Veterans and the lack of respect they received upon return.