The country music community is still numb from the tragic passing of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry on Sept. 8. Tributes poured in over the weekend from country stars like Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion and Dan + Shay, as well as many of Montgomery Gentry’s greatest fans.
It’s obvious that Troy was a great friend to his peers in country music, but for Jason Aldean, he wasn’t just a friend. Troy and Eddie Montgomery were big influences on the young country superstar.
At his Sept. 9 show at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, just over 50 miles from the helicopter crash that claimed Troy’s life, Jason told fans, “Those guys were always really cool to me coming up when I was a new artist, they kinda took me under their wing and were really cool to me and I hated to hear that [news].”
As his comments were met with a roar of applause, Jason added, “One thing I know about Troy is he always loved a good time. He always had a smile on his face and liked a good party, and tonight’s a good party, so here’s to Troy Gentry.”
As the band launched into the duo’s hit single, “Lonely and Gone,” Jason told the audience that he had played the song in clubs before he had hits of his own.
While no announcements have been made regarding formal services to honor Troy, we expect that both he and Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams, who passed on the same day, will be remembered during this year’s CMA Awards in November.