Troy Gentry’s country star pal tells us about the deep bond he shared with his wife Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

There are so many things Troy Gentry’s friends and family will remember about him now that he’s gone. The Montgomery Gentry singer was killed in a helicopter accident on September 8, and his fellow country stars are having a hard time adjusting to the fact that he’s no longer with us.

Chris Janson got to spend a lot of quality time with Troy on the Grand Ole Opry’s annual hunting trip in January. Celebrities like Troy and Chris and Blake Shelton and others would all get together in a cabin and go hunting each year. It’s a great time for bonding among the stars who are usually out playing their own shows throughout the year.

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Looking back on those hunting trips with Troy, Chris tells Rare Country, “He was totally cool. Very easy to get along with. Very honest, nice-natured guy. Very humble. Just a cool hang.”


Chris and his wife, Kelly, would also see Troy out around Nashville with his wife, Angie. According to Chris, that bond between Troy and Angie ran very deep.

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He tells us, “That was one of the rare cases where [Troy] truly had eyes for one woman — that was his wife. I saw it. It was very prevalent. It was very obvious. I thought that was so remarkable. I had a lot of respect for him. I still do.”

It’s only been a few days since Troy left us, so speaking of him in the past tense is still very hard for those who knew and loved Troy.

Chris adds, “I just want to say our prayers have truly been out for his wife, their kids. It’s an awful thing. I just hate it.”


Troy will be remembered with a Celebration of Life service Thursday, September 14 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The service is open to the public, and it will be livestreamed at

Remembering country music’s Troy Gentry

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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