Montgomery Gentry’s latest single, “Lucky Man,” is one of the fastest-rising songs in country music these days.
Its competition? George Strait’s “Wrapped.”
“That’s never a bad sign,” notes Eddie Montgomery. “You’ll never take George out, but any time you can be fighting with the king of country music and have your name mentioned with his, that’s a good thing.”
“Lucky Man” — the second single from Montgomery Gentry’s sixth album, “Some People Change” — is actually a song Montgomery, 43, feels quite close to. It was co-written by David Lee, a songwriter from Texas who came to Nashville about the same time Kentucky native Montgomery followed his younger brother John Michael Montgomery to town in the early ’90s.
Montgomery and Lee shared a manager for a while, and the songwriter “always wanted to write a song for us. It just never clicked,” Montgomery notes.
Until now, at least.
“T (Troy Gentry) actually heard it first,” Montgomery recalls. “He was like, ‘Man, this sounds like you’re life, Eddie.’ I absolutely loved the song, and when I found out who wrote it, I was ecstatic about it.”
Thanks to its chart success, “Lucky Man” has certainly found its way into Montgomery Gentry’s live repertoire. But fans catching the duo this summer also may hear something entirely new and unrecorded — “I’m Gonna Ride Like a Modern Day Outlaw Jesse James,” which is one of the songs they’re considering for their next album.
“We’re always hunting for songs,” Montgomery says. “We don’t know how many singles are gonna come off of this album, but me and T always try to stay ahead of the game so we’re not scrambling when the time comes.
“But (‘Some People Change’) is still pretty young. We still feel like it’s just starting to take off now, so we’re not in a hurry to do anything new yet.”
Montgomery Gentry and Flynnville Train perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 2nd) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of Interstate 75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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