The year was 1999. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry hadn’t even released their first record yet. The guys stopped by the station I was working at and hoped we would put them on the air. Next thing you know they are doing an acoustic version of what would be their first single, “Hillbilly Shoes”. That was my introduction to Eddie and Troy. Two guys loving what they were doing, and eager to share it with the country music community. Over the years I had the opportunity to see and meet them many times, always putting on a top notch show, and always gentlemen when it came to meeting fans. The kind of guys you cheer for because they were just as humble at the top as they were when starting out. You don’t always see that. To quote their song…that’s something to be proud of.
This Thursday, September 14, 2017, Troy Gentry will be laid to rest. A public celebration of his life will take place at the Grand Ole Opry. An institution Troy became an official member of in 2009. A live stream of the celebration will be available at opry.com. In lieu of flowers, Troy’s family asks that donations be made to the TJ Martell Foundation or the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
The photo above is from 2012, backstage at Prairie Band Casino.