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Montgomery Gentry, Green, Shiflett drop new music

Friday, June 14, 2019 – Montgomery Gentry released the seven-song EP "Outskirts" today. This marked the second release since the death of Troy Gentry in September 2017 in a helicopter accident while en route to a New Jersey gig. Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins produced the set. The song "King of the World" features ace guitarist Steve Vai. In addition to originals, the EP also features two cover songs - Montgomery's version of Merle Haggard's "What Am I Going To Do With The Rest Of My Life," and Gentry's take on the Darrell Scott classic "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

Newcomer Riley Green, who had a hit with "There Was This Girl," is out with the EP "Buy That Man a Beer" on Big Machine. This is his fifth EP. "In Love By Now" is the current single for the Jacksonville, Ala. native. He was once a contestant on "Redneck Island," a CMT reality show.

Chris Shiflett takes a break from his main gig, guitarist for the Foo Fighters by releasing his fourth solo disc, "Hard Lessons." Dave Cobb, who was at the helm for Shiflett's well-received "West Coast Town" from 2017, once again produced. The disc, recorded at Nashville's Studio A, is a more rocking version of Shiflett's vision of Americana with lots of guitar.

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Outskirts CD review - Outskirts
Country music had an especially dark day on Sept. 8, 2017, when the world lost the voices of both Don Williams and Troy Gentry. One was an established legend, and the other was working on it. Gentry was only 50 years-old at the time of his fatal helicopter crash, but he had accomplished much: the longstanding partnership with Eddie Montgomery had yielded five number one singles, and dozens of other hits. 2018's "Here's To You" release was completed at the time of the tragedy. »»»
Here's to You CD review - Here's to You
It's impossible to listen to Montgomery Gentry's "Here's to You," without also feeling sad that it's the last studio album featuring Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash. When they sing, "Here's to the ones who ain't in here tonight" during "Needing a Beer" and then go on to praise fireman and cops for being elsewhere fighting crime, you may be struck by the fact that Gentry also "ain't in here tonight. »»»
Folks Like Us CD review - Folks Like Us
Where once Garth Brooks was criticized for not being country enough, today we have hip hop artists making cameos and artists like Sam Hunt topping the country charts with EDM songs. With no release since 2011's "Rebels on the Run," we see Montgomery Gentry return to a radically different country music scene than the one they were a part of at the turn of the century. Bro country has enjoyed a large amount of success in recent years, and it is arguable that this duo is one of the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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