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Hear Montgomery Gentry's Ode to the Heartland, 'Outskirts'

"Outskirts," the title track off a new EP recorded by Montgomery Gentry before guitarist and vocalist Troy Gentry's Sept. 8, 2017 passing, offers one last reminder of why Jason Aldean and other 21st century superstars cite T-Roy and his singing partner Eddie Montgomery as influences.

The song strikes the duo's usual balance of rock bravado and down-home values, summing up rural pleasures with references to red dirt roads, tight-fitting t-shirts, sweaty ball caps and, of course, cracking open a cold beer after an honest day's work. These tropes and others remind us that Montomery Gentry's the not-actually-missing link between Hank Williams Jr. and Joe Diffie's hilarious and fun party anthems and the carefree escapism of so-called "bro-country."

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Per YouTube, the song fit the band's high-energy live set like a custom-made Stetson during the final live appearances by Gentry.

The seven-song Outskirts EP arrives June 14 and features everything from Merle Haggard and Darrell Scott covers to a guest appearance by guitar great Steve Vai. It's the second posthumous release by Montgomery Gentry as a duo, following the 2018 release of the album Here's to You.

"Can't wait for my friends to hear these songs," said Montgomery in a press release. "T-Roy and I had a blast recording them."

Outskirts Track List

1. "Outskirts" (Dallas Davidson, Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley)

2. "River Take Me" (Darrell Scott)

3. "What Am I Gonna Do With the Rest of My Life" (Merle Haggard)

4. "Never Been Nothin' Else" (Davidson, Bobby Pinson)

5. "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (Scott)

6. "King of the World" feat. Steve Vai (Troy Jones)

7. "Joe's Six-Pack" (Jeremy Stover, Jesse Frasure, Travis Denning)

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Hear Montgomery Gentry's Ode to the Heartland, 'Outskirts'