Last September, country fans will recall the tragic news that 50-year-old Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.
Eddie Montgomery spoke with Taste of Country about the tragedy: “I tell you man, that still blows my mind that happened that day. We were all there and it just … it wasn’t good. Your whole world is just … it changes. Everything. And there’s not a day that I don’t see it or it goes through my heart.”
Through the heeling and coping of the loss, Montgomery and the band wanted to find a way to keep Gentry’s legacy alive. As it turns out, days before the accident the group had finished recording their latest and last album. The perfectly named album, Here’s to You, has hit number one on the iTunes Country Chart, number two on the Billboard Top Country Alum Chart, and number two on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.
“I think it’s a hell of an album,” Eddie Montgomery told Sounds Like Nashville. “There are different things I like about all of the songs. We started doing ‘Drink Along Song’ in our shows before we even recorded it. We did it live and we knew it was going to be a hit because as soon as soon as we started singing it by the second chorus everybody was singing it back to us. I love ‘King of the World.’ ‘Feet Back on the Ground’ is about your mama and it’s the way I feel sometimes when I go to mom’s house because she’s always cooking or something. ‘Needing A Beer’ takes me back to the nightclubs because we were always singing about the working class. People would be coming in and celebrating a promotion or they might be celebrating because they were getting divorced.”
Check out Eddie’s message to their fans below: