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In the days since his Sept. 8 death, we’ve heard so many country stars remember Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry as someone who always had a smile on his face. Indeed he did. But he was also big on putting smiles on other people’s faces, too.


As often happens when old friends get together, hilarity ensues, and such was the case when Troy was with fellow Kentucky duo Halfway to Hazard on eclipse day August 21. With three musicians in the room and a historic event taking place, they marked the momentous occasion by doing what they do best. They sang.

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Not particularly well, mind you, but Troy, David Tolliver and Chad Warrix seemed to put their entire beings into their rendition of the Bonnie Tyler signature ’80s smash “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

The boys shared a video of the performance on their social media pages and in it, you can hear a bit of strain in their voices, but you can also hear their tenacity. They weren’t going to let a chick song get the best of them.

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You have to watch it to the very end. That final pose is like payoff city!

Memories like these are what make the healing process easier and remind us that Troy was so much more than a talented singer and songwriter. He was a warm, welcoming, hilarious and generous person.

Remembering Country Music’s Troy Gentry

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