On Friday, September 8, a tragedy took place in a field near a New Jersey airport. Country music singer Troy Gentry, from the popular duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash.
The band confirmed the news via Twitter and talked about the loss of their bandmate. They said that the 50-year-old passed away at around 1 p.m. in Medford. They asked for kind thoughts, support, and prayers during the difficult time.
Over the last few months, Gentry’s family, friends, and fans have been mourning his loss. Thankfully, fans had his new album to look forward to, something that he completed just before his death.
An inevitable question arose, however: Who will take over Gentry’s lead parts while Montgomery Gentry is on tour?
Now, Country Music Nation has revealed the answer. Eddie Montgomery said that he has a plan for the “Here’s To You Tour.”
Montgomery said, “Getting here- to this day, this moment, this breath, has challenged us all beyond anything we could have ever imagined. While we were rehearsing today- Angie [Troy’s widow] stopped by. We gathered around each other- hugged, laughed, cried, prayed and talked about tomorrow- just like a family would do.”
He continued, “Because, we are a family. Love runs so deep-friendships are so strong, the music is so timeless-now it’s time to bring our musical family back out on the road- to continue to share this journey with you. Thank you for all the prayers, the support, the messages, but most important, thank you for sharing your love for our brother T-Roy. When we hit the stage, his smile, his laugh, his voice, and his magic will be in every song.”
Finally, Montgomery revealed who would be taking over Gentry’s parts. He said that the band who was with Gentry for years will all work together to fill in.
He said, “I was going to take over the role and sing all of it. The guys in the band, we’ve been through everything. They’ve been with us 20-25 years, most of them. And so I said, ‘You know what I think, what we’re gonna do is maybe I might kick it off.’ Our guys are great singers! And so we figured, we’ll do some of the parts here and there and let the band come up and showcase them, too."
What do you think about this? Many people are saying that this is a great way to honor the former singer! In other recent news, a supreme court justice was just treated by paramedics over a health scare.