John Michael Montgomery cancels shows in the wake of hospitalization YouTube/Nor'west Arch
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While many country artists are still holing up against the winter weather for their holiday break, others are already getting back out on the road despite the chilling temps and snowfall.

Crowd favorite John Michael Montgomery is one of those amazing artists who couldn’t wait to get back in front of his fans, but it looks like he is going to have to put it off for one more week.

In a post on his Facebook page, the “I Love the Way You Love Me” singer shared the bad news. He writes, “Hi all. As you may of heard I went into the hospital for some surgery that is going to require me to stay home this weekend January 12/13. I’m recovering well and ready to be back on the road January 19 and 20. The fine folks at the Tarheel Opry House in Jacksonville, North Carolina, are going to bring us back January 27th, so hold on to those tickets and see you in just two short weeks.”

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The talented singer-songwriter doesn’t disclose any specifics on the surgery, but we have our fingers crossed that since he is planning such a quick return to the stage it was a minor procedure, or at least as minor as any surgery could be. Last year, the singer-songwriter had to cancel a pair of shows in September after he developed laryngitis from vocal fatigue and inflamed vocal cords, but we don’t think this surgery involved his vocal cords since that usually requires a much longer healing process.

In 2005, John Michael did undergo surgery to correct a condition called acoustic neuroma, which is a non-cancerous growth that involves hearing and balance. And while there is a possibility of recurrence,  it is slight. The surgery for the acoustic neuroma did not affect his tour schedule.

John Michael, who is the younger brother of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, broke through in 1992 when his debut single, “Life’s a Dance,” reached the Top 5. He went on to notch seven No. 1 hits between 1993 and 2000, including toe-tappers “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”

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The versatile vocalist truly shines as bright on ballads as he does on his fun-loving romps. His recording of “I Swear” became his second No. 1 and his first Gold single, and in 2004, he honored our nation’s deployed military with his tender “Letters From Home.”

As he said on Facebook, the Kentucky native’s dates will pick back up the weekend of Jan. 19 and 20, which also happens to be the dimpled country star’s birthday. So if you’re going to be at either the Casper, Wyoming, show or at Denver’s Grizzly Rose, be sure to wish him a big happy birthday!

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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