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There were plenty of amazing things to celebrate in country music in 2017: babies, weddings, engagements and so much amazing music. But the hits were hard, and some will never be forgotten, such as the passing of some of country music’s greats, like Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry.

Even though it has been months since we unexpectedly lost Troy in that devastating helicopter crash, the hurt still lingers for fellow country artists like Justin Moore.

Following the accident, Justin honored Troy by adding songs from Montgomery Gentry’s catalog into the set at his shows, but one concert stop stood out.

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Performing in Montgomery Gentry’s home state of Kentucky at the Rupp Arena last November, Justin invited the beloved duo’s guitar player, Bo Garrett, to join him in a musical tribute. Declaring that Montgomery Gentry’s debut project, “Tattoos & Scars,” was one of his favorite albums, Justin — joined by Bo — launched into a rousing rendition of the Kentucky duo’s first single, “Hillbilly Shoes.”

And the moment was so unforgettable, Justin had to share it for a Flashback Friday months later.

Goosebumps!

It’s hard to imagine Montgomery Gentry without Troy’s brilliant smile, but we’re so happy to know that Eddie Montgomery will be taking their music on the road in January for the “Here’s to You Tour,” celebrating what would have been the pair’s 20th anniversary.

“I’m anxious to get back out on the road and play some new music for our friends and fans,” Eddie says in a release on their web site. “We’ve got lots to celebrate and look forward to in 2018.”

He will tour under the duo’s name and, in addition to the duo’s amazing and memorable hits, Eddie will be performing songs from the project they were finishing up when Troy passed,“Here’s to You,” scheduled for a Feb. 2 release. Currently, his tour dates continue into September.

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Of course, one of the songs from that project, “Better Me,” featured Troy on lead vocals. Fans first heard the song when it was played at his funeral, but it was then later released to country radio as the first single from the final album that Troy was a part of recording.

Justin, who just welcomed his first son into a family that includes three daughters, and released a new single, “Kinda Don’t Care,” late in 2017, will head out on the “Hell On A Highway Tour” in January with Dylan Scott. Dylan also welcomed his first baby, a son, in 2017. The pair of new dads will be playing more than three dozen shows before the tour wraps on May 5, but we don’t expect they’ll be doing much on their travel days besides catching up on the sleep that they aren’t getting at home.

Justin also has some fair and festival dates on his schedule, and we expect more will be added as the calendar pages turn.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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