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Watch as Montgomery Gentry joins these southern rock giants to pay tribute to America’s troops We Are SKYNYRD NATION!/YouTube Screenshot
We Are SKYNYRD NATION!/YouTube Screenshot

If you’re ever looking for someone to just be who they are, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are two guys that immediately come to mind. With zero pretense, zero fakeness and zero B.S., what you see is what you get with these guys, and that’s a beautiful thing.

That’s what Lynyrd Skynyrd has been about as well. From the first incarnation of the band to anyone who has ever played underneath the Skynyrd flag. they have been a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of group so it wasn’t all that surprising when Eddie and ole Troy joined the southern rock giants in 2004 for a taping of “CMT’s Crossroads.”

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While the two red-blooded American groups weaved their ways in and out of each other’s songs, one of the highlights of the night was when they came together on the Skynyrd cult classic “Red, White & Blue (Love It Or Leave).”

“We couldn’t think of two finer guys to help sing this song,” Ronnie Van Zandt said before dedicating it to the men and women they wrote it for. “We’d like to send this out to our troops and their families, no matter where they are tonight may God bless them and guide them.”

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With lyrics like “We don’t care if you ‘re a lawyer, or a Texas oil man, or some waitress busting ass in some liquor stand. If you got soul we hang out with people just like you,” this was the song that epitomizes both groups that have always been exactly what their fans are — nothing more than red, white & blue.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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