On this day, three years ago, Montgomery Gentry released their final album, Here’s To You.
The album served as the duo’s last project before Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, 2017.
Montgomery and Gentry completed Here’s to You shortly before Gentry’s tragic passing.
Two months after his death, Eddie Montgomery announced the release of the new album in a tweet to fans: “I know it’s been a while, but it has been a very emotional time, but you will be hearing from [me] soon,” he wrote.
Montgomery Gentry Releases Final Album Following Gentry’s Untimely Death
“Our new music is coming out, and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of this new CD.”
Eddie Montgomery, the duo’s surviving member, followed up the album’s release with a winter tour in January of 2018. The event marked the first time hewent on tour without Gentry.
“I’m anxious to get back out on the road and play some new music for our friends and fans,” Montgomery said in a news release. “(This year) marks the 20th anniversary of our band — we’ve got lots to celebrate and look forward to in 2018,” Montgomery said at the time.
“Let me tell you, I’ve had some sleepless nights over this,” Montgomery said in an interview, “because I’ve been so used to looking to my left all these years and having T-Roy right there. For a little bit, I was talking to myself and thinking, ‘Man, can I do this or can I not?'”
The Montgomery Gentry Here’s to You tour began on Jan. 19 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Montgomery and the band traveled around the U.S. throughout the year.
Shortly after Gentry’s death, the band’s record label, Average Jones shared one of the singles on Here’s to You, titled “Better Me.”
The track features Gentry on lead vocals. The song’s lyric video includes footage of the duo playing in front of massive crowds, clips of them visiting wounded soldiers, and heartbreaking photos of Gentry with his wife and daughters.
“I’ve turned the page on wilder days,” Gentry sings in the chorus of “Better Me.” “I’m writing all this down, hopin’ you’ll see, I ain’t sayin’ I’m perfect, but I’m workin’ on a better me.”