Much of the country music community is still numb after a devastating day that brought the news that both country icon Don Williams and Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry had passed away. Messages of support and prayer flooded social media, but some stars, like Old Dominion and Dan + Shay, put their feelings into music.
During their September 8 fair performance, Old Dominion did a stripped-down chorus of Montgomery Gentry’s hit single “My Town.” As exuberant as the song is, lead singer Matt Ramsey sounded almost mournful and, as the audience began to sing along, the emotion in his voice became apparent. Old Dominion shared the video on their Instagram page, and Matt wrote, “Got a little choked up when the crowd started singing … but still. #mytown.”
Fellow country duo Dan + Shay also found a quiet place to musically honor the kind-hearted artist that most called “T-Roy” with a chorus of “Something to Be Proud Of.”
The boys also shared some personal thoughts with their Instagram video and said, “Had the honor of sharing the stage with @montgomerygentry a few times. Always incredibly kind to us, and inspiring to watch. Heartbroken for the family + friends of @troygentryig today. Troy, may you Rest In Peace. Your music will live on forever. 💔”
Montgomery Gentry is one of the most recognized duos in the history of country music. Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009, they also broke Brooks & Dunn’s eight-year winning streak at the CMA Awards when, in 2000, they took home the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy.