Eddie Montgomery's first tour since Troy Gentry's tragic death in September doubles as an anniversary celebration for iconic duo Montgomery Gentry. The tour supports the February release of Here's To You, a CD recorded before Gentry's passing. It also marks 20 years' service for a crowd-pleasing act that's charted 20 singles.
Tour stops spread out between January and September blend dates at honky tonks and saloons with bookings at state and county fairs. Each offer fans without the means to attend big stadium shows a chance to see a genuine country music superstar up close and personal. "I'm anxious to get back out on the road and play some new music for our friends and fans," says Montgomery in a press release. "Next year marks the 20th anniversary of our band - we've got lots to celebrate and look forward to in 2018."
Retrospective, rock-infused single "Better Me," which has gained some radio airplay traction, highlights the new album. Expect to hear it and other new tracks interspersed with "Where I Come From" and other favorites.
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No word yet on who fills in on guitar and vocals in place of Gentry. It's hard to imagine anyone with that same cool confidence that made Gentry the perfect on-stage counterpart to Montgomery's flashy showmanship.
Here's To You Tour Dates
1/19/18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center (with Alabama)
1/20/18 - St. Charles, MO - The Family Arena (with Alabama)
2/9/18 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
2/10/18 - Springfield, IL - Boondocks
2/23/18 - Indianapolis, IN - 8 Seconds Saloon
3/2/18 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
3/3/18 - Lynchburg, VA - Phase 2
3/9/18 - Jordan, NY - Kegs Canalside
3/10/18 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel's
3/16/18 - Medina, OH - Thirsty Cowboy
3/17/18 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone
3/22/18 - Augusta, GA - Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon
3/23/18 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
6/2/18 - Marion, KS - Chingawassa Days Festival
7/6/18 - Ft. Loramie, OH - Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
7/13/18 - New Salem, ND - ND Country Fest
7/14/18 - Pierz, MN - Pierz Freedom Fest
7/20/18 - Hillsboro, MO - Jefferson County Fair
7/21/18 - Springville, IN - The Boogie
7/27/18 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
7/28/18 - Bar Harbor, ME - Criterion Theater
8/2/18 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
8/17/18 - Zanesville, OH - Muskingum County Fair
9/8/18 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino
9/15/18 - Ventura, CA - Boots and Brews
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