Montgomery Gentry will headline Bloomin' Festival 2015 in Downtown Temple on May 15th and 16th. Here's three things you might not have known about the Kentucky duo.
Friday night will feature local favorite Kirk Baxley, plus William Clark Green and Friday's headliner the Josh Abbott Band. Saturday night we go Nashville with Halfway to Hazard, Chase Bryant, and the Saturday night headliner Montgomery Gentry.
With a decade-and-a-half under their belts as top-selling artists, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry come into Bloomin' Fest May 16th with three platinum-selling albums and another on the way. Tickets are on sale now, and you can save by purchasing your tickets in advance.
After signing with a new record company in 2014, the duo hit the studio and will release its first studio album since 2011. Folks Like Us will be out June 9th. The first single, "Folks Like Us", is available now on iTunes.
Let's get to know them a little better. Here's three things about MG you might not have known:
The Duo Was Recently Inducted Into Kentucky Hall of Fame
Along with such notables as Kevin Richardson & Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, Montgomery Gentry was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame.
The duo started their careers in the honky tonks of Kentucky, and while they may not dance or dress the same, the Backstreet Boys & Montgomery Gentry will now forever be connected in the Bluegrass State.
Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry Has a Famous Younger Brother
At one point in time Eddie Montgomery's pre-Montgomery Gentry band lineup included Eddie's younger brother, John. Better known to the world as John Michael Montgomery, the younger brother went on to forge his own path as older bro Eddie went the duo route.
John Michael Montgomery went on to outsell his older brother more than 5-1. Lil' bro has sold more than 13 million albums in all.
The Duo Have Faced & Overcome Personal Struggles
Both Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have had to overcome struggles in their personal lives. From health problems to divorce and trouble with the law, the duo have plenty of material for a dynamite country music album.
Montgomery was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and less than a month later he was served with divorce papers from his wife of 20 years. Eddie blamed the divorce on his former wife's unwillingness to deal with his diagnosis, a claim which she continues to deny.
Gentry's trouble with the law is a bit more bizarre. Gentry pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of tagging a bear killed inside a fenced enclosure as if it had been killed in the wild. In the plea agreement, Gentry gave up the stuffed bear, the bow used to shoot it, paid a fine and was banned from hunting in Minnesota for five years. He has since apologized to fans.