Exactly two months after Troy Gentry tragically died in a helicopter accident, his bandmate Eddie Montgomery returned to the stage at the 2017 CMA Awards.
In one of the most moving moments of the awards so far, Montgomery joined Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts to perform Montgomery Gentry’s hit song “My Town.” Although many speculated that the show would honor Gentry’s life and career, few expected Montgomery himself to take the stage.
Although the moment was incredibly emotional, Montgomery gave the performance his all. As he sang the lyric, “maybe someday me and old T-Roy will show you around,” the crowd gave a rousing cheer. It was a fitting way to remember one of country music’s artists that was taken far too soon.
The performance also comes hours after Montgomery announced that the duo’s final album, Here’s To You, will officially be released next February. The record will feature the song “Better Me,” which was released as a tribute in the days following Gentry’s death.
Stay tuned to Wide Open Country to keep up with all the news from the 2017 CMA Awards.