Montgomery Gentry released a 7 song EP this past weekend that features songs recorded by Eddie and Troy just weeks before Troy would tragically lose his life in a helicopter accident.
The project, properly titled Outlaws is a nod to the duo’s country rebel roots and unapologetic brashness that gained them thousands of fans. One could argue that the two were modern cowboys in the sense that they had the country foundation but weren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. But at the end of the day they knew who they were and weren’t going to apologize for that. They were regular guys like you and me. It was part of their appeal to fans.
The title track was written by notable songwriters Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson, and Rodney Clawson. It’s the type of song that you can’t imagine anyone other than Montgomery Gentry singing. Has there ever been another artist that related more to the blue collar 9-5 grind than these two? It properly sets the tone for the rest of the EP.
The duo covers Darrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” and “River Take Me” as well as Merle Haggard’s “What Am I Gonna Do The Rest of My Life.” These three covers fit the outlaw theme of the album and they do justice to the original songs.
“Never Been Nothin’ Else” is the quintessential Montgomery Gentry tune that features a catchy hook as they sing about that blue collar 9-5 lifestyle. Just simple guys who tell it like it is. “King of the World” is a song that appears on their 2018 album Here’s To You, this time it features Steve Vai on guitar.
The real gem on this EP is “Joes Six-Pack” written by Travis Denning. As mentioned earlier, the duo has always been unapologetic and true to who they are as regular guys that the “regular guy” can relate to. On this one they scoff and laugh at the big shots blowing money on fancy drinks as they stick to their Beam, PBR, and their trusty six pack.
Their vocals blend so well together and then we’re brought back to reality to know that the duo will never make new music again. It’s sad and unfortunate because they were two of the most relatable country artists in the industry. As fans, we can only hope that over the next decade more of their unreleased demos and projects become available for us to listen to.
While this might not be the last project we hear from Montgomery Gentry, for the rebel cowboys they became, you can’t ask for a better send off or musical tribute for Troy.