For the first time since Troy Gentry’s tragic passing in September, his band, Montgomery Gentry, is going to play a show without him. In fact, they’re getting ready for a full tour, which kicks off January 19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That night will mark the very first time Eddie Montgomery will headline a Montgomery Gentry concert as a solo act.
Before the Here’s To You Tour rehearsals started, Montgomery admitted he was extremely anxious. He told The Boot, “I’ve had some sleepless nights over this 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?‘”
Montgomery shared a photo from the last rehearsal before embarking on this tour and uploaded it to Facebook with an emotional note.
“Getting here-to this day, this moment, this breath-has challenged us all beyond anything we could have ever imagined,” he wrote. “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.”
Montgomery also pointed out that he couldn’t help but notice the ray of light in the photo. Check it out below.
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