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Montgomery Gentry Raising A Ruckus, Onstage And Off

Of the Oakland Press

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The country duo Montgomery Gentry has been known to enjoy raising a ruckus — especially on stage. But they’re involved in one now that is, frankly, a bear.

Troy Gentry was recently arrested by federal authorities in Minnesota for allegedly killing a tame black bear in its cage in 2004 and transporting its hide across state lines. Gentry’s attorney and his manager, Johnny Dorris, claim the bear was killed on a private game reserve and was neither tame nor caged. Gentry is under lawyer’s orders not to talk, but Eddie Montgomery is quick to come to his musical partner’s defense.

“I’m behind Troy 100 percent,” says Montgomery, 42, the younger brother of country star John Michael Montgomery. “When I heard about it, I kinda freaked out. I mean, he’s an avid conservationist and hunter. He does all this stuff for animals — it’s unbelievable what he does.

“We just want to get through everything and find out what’s going on.”

The duo has something else to occupy its thoughts — their fifth studio album, “Some People Change,” which comes out Oct. 24. It features two songs apiece written by Montgomery and Gentry, and the former says they’re having fun previewing some of the new songs — including the title track, which is the album’s first single — in their shows.

“People are loving it, man,” Montgomery reports. “We’ve been very, very blessed. Some of those songs, when you sing them, after you hear the first chorus then you’ll be able to sing the second chorus.

“But we’re still doing all the old stuff, too ... ’cause when people come out to see us we want them go to, ‘Man, I absolutely had a blast. Anything I had a problem with, for a couple hours I forgot about it.’ That’s what we’re here for.”

Montgomery Gentry perform at 7 p.m. Monday (September 3rd) at the Michigan State Fair, Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The concert is held at the Band Shell and is free with Fair admission. Call (313) 369-8250 or visit

Web Site: www.michiganstatefair.com

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