The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

June 15, 2012

Country-rock duo to play at Downstream Casino

JOPLIN, Mo. — With a new album and label tucked under their belts, the American country music duo, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, is bringing a renewed sense of musical purpose on tour with them as they visit Downstream Casino Resort Sunday evening.

The hard singing natives from Kentucky -- Montgomery from Lancaster and Gentry from Lexington -- will sing a number of songs from their seventh album, “Rebels on the Run,” released late last year after the band left Columbia Records for independent label Average Joe’s Entertainment.

It is the band’s first album since “Back When I Knew It All,” which was released in 2008.

The record’s lead single, “Where I Come From,” will join other Montgomery Gentry classics, including 1999’s defiant “Hillbilly Shoes” as well as “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Roll With Me.”

The duo is known for its heavy Southern rock influences. Montgomery Gentry “evokes the sound and spirit of southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band and Charles Daniels, painting themselves as rowdy redneck rebels who still hold small-town values,” Steve Huey of Allmusic said.

Montgomery and Gentry alternate as lead vocalists, with Gentry often accompanying the vocals on acoustic guitar.

Many of the duo’s mid-tempo songs, such as “My Town,” centralize on a theme of rural life. Others, such as “You Do Your Thing” and “Some People Change,” have messages of tolerance toward others with different opinions.

The band’s seven albums have produced more than 20 chart singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs since their debut in 1999 -- the year when they received Favorite New Artist at the American Music Awards -- including five No. 1 hits. Their song “Gone” was the most played song by a duo in 2005.

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