Just hours after the news of Troy Gentry’s death broke, fellow country star Jason Aldean paid tribute to his friend by covering one of his earliest hits.
He paused his show in Holmdel, N.J. to tell the audience about his personal connection to Gentry. He explained that he and fellow Montgomery Gentry member Eddie Montgomery “kinda took me under their wing” during the beginning of Aldean’s career.
“One thing I know about Troy is, he always loved a good time,” Jason told the crowd. “He always had a smile on his face and liked a good party. I think tonight’s a pretty damn good party, so here’s to Troy Gentry.”
To honor Gentry, he performed one of the duo’s first top 5 hits, 1999’s “Lonely and Gone.” Staying true to the original sound, Aldean’s bittersweet performance highlights one of the group’s most underrated hits.
Many of country’s biggest names have been paying tribute to Gentry over the past few days. Old Dominion performed a powerful cover of their No. 1 song “My Town,” along with a tribute to country legend Don Williams who also passed away on Sept. 8.
A public memorial service for Troy Gentry will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Sept. 14. You can find more details about the celebration of life here.