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From the moment Troy Gentry’s life was so cruelly taken back in September, everyone has recognized the importance of healing, especially when it came to Troy’s Montgomery Gentry bandmate Eddie Montgomery. Fans wanted to give him the time he needed to decide when to perform onstage again, when to release music again and when to get back on the road again without the one person he would always take that stage with.

And he took that time.

Now, Eddie is officially back. Not only is he back on tour and promoting a brand-new album (recorded just before Troy’s death), he is also now back on Twitter. And it turns out that the other love of his life was the one who helped him find his way back.

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“Here’s some smokin’ hot flowers for my smokin’ hot wife and soul mate on Valentine’s Day,” Eddie wrote on his Twitter page on Feb. 14 alongside a couple of Valentine’s Day pics.

He then followed it up with another shoutout to his fans – fans that continue to support him and his courage for continuing on without Troy.

“Hey [everyone,] I’m ready to fire the tweet machine back up want to thank everyone for having our back on the new CD,” he wrote. “Thx y’all u all rock!!!”

Before the pair of Feb. 14 tweets, Eddie had last tweeted on Sept. 3, 2017, just five days before the tragic death of his bandmate in a helicopter accident on Sept. 8. From that moment on, Eddie’s Twitter remained quiet, so this development certainly represents a small step towards healing.

During a recent interview with Rare Country, Eddie spoke about that healing process. “I’m so used to looking to my left and having T right there,” Eddie told us. “I can get [Troy] in my mind sometimes and my heart will kind of drop a little bit … and then I’ll see him smiling and, bam, it’s right back on. He loved to live life … If you ever met him you could never forget him.”

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We agree totally, Eddie.

Of course, it’s not just Eddie who is slowly healing from his loss. His close pals, country music duo Halfway to Hazard, are joining Eddie on the road for several live concert performances on the Montgomery Gentry “Here’s To You” tour, and are also still grappling with the loss.

“It’s really hard to capture all the emotions I’m feeling with the anticipation of opening for MG this year,” says Halfway to Hazard’s Chad Warrix in a press release. “Troy will be so heavy on all our hearts. Eddie and the guys can use our shoulders to lean on if they need ’em. Lord knows we will need theirs.”

“Troy was one of our best friends, and we miss him every day,” Halfway to Hazard’s David Tolliver added in the same press release. “If we can honor him and help keep his music alive we are gonna do it. I’m so happy to be going out with Eddie and playing shows. It just feels like something we are supposed do, and I can’t wait.”

Eddie Montgomery breaks his Twitter silence for the first time since Troy’s death Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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