Just the mention of Troy Gentry’s name evokes a flood of emotion, whether from the joy of the memories that he and Montgomery Gentry duo partner Eddie Montgomery brought to so many or the inevitable and painful ache of his absence. But, when we heard his name mentioned in an Instagram post from Diamond Rio’s Marty Roe, we just couldn’t help but smile.
Marty, who fronts the popular country band, was one of the celebrities who participated in this year’s annual Grand Ole Opry hunt. Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Chris Janson, Luke Combs and the legendary John Conlee were also on the trip, and it’s obvious that they missed their hunting companion, Troy. So they did what logically made the most sense to the group of outdoorsmen — they honored T-Roy in a way that he would have loved.
The photo shows the group of camouflaged huntsmen (and Opry executive Sally Williams) standing in front of a tall, freestanding deer stand on what appears to be a deer plot at the edge of the woods. But if you look more closely, you’ll see that the canvas wall that offers hunters a protective barrier from the wintry elements has a design on it.
It’s the Batman logo, Troy’s favorite superhero.
Marty writes, “All of us dedicated Troy Gentry’s favorite deer stand at the @opry hunt. The Batman logo. His favorite superhero.”
And we can’t help but think that somewhere Troy Gentry is pretty pleased with this very appropriate tribute to two of his favorite things.
We lost Troy well before his time when a helicopter he was taking a local tour in crashed on Sept. 8 in Medford, New Jersey. The handsome and talented 50-year-old with the dazzling smile was honored in a public service at the Grand Ole Opry House on Sept. 14 where, along with the flowers that surrounded Troy’s casket and his signature white guitar, was a full Batman costume.
Sadly, we also lost the iconic singer, songwriter and musician Don Williams on that same day. The 78-year-old “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” singer died from emphysema.
There will be another tribute taking place this winter when Eddie celebrates what would have been 20 years of Montgomery Gentry music on the “Here’s To You Tour,” named after the duo’s upcoming ninth studio album.
In a release on the duo’s website, Eddie says, “I’m anxious to get back out on the road and play some new music for our friends and fans.” In addition to the deep catalog of hits that the Kentucky native will draw from, he’ll also be performing tracks from the new project, out Feb. 2.
Be watching Rare Country’s Facebook page for more from our interview with Eddie prior to the Jan. 19 kickoff of the “Here’s To You Tour” and the launch of the album.