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Guitarist and founding member of country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died September 8, 2017 at the age of 50 in Medford Township New Jersey. He was killed in a helicopter crash prior to a planned performance that evening.
- In his early years, he played in country bands. His strength was his tenor vocal. In 1994, he entered the Jim Beam National Talent Contest, and won. This led to Gentry’s solo career, opening for other major country music acts.
- Unable to get a record deal, he partnered with Eddie Montgomery to form Montgomery Gentry in 1999. They were immediately successful – their debut album sold over 1 million copies. The duo had 5 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country chart.
- One week after Gentry’s death, the duo’s latest single, Better Me, was released. The song had its first public performance at Gentry’s funeral. It is a song about the band wanting to move away from their wilder days. “I’ve turned the page on wilder days / I’m writing all this down / Hopin’ you’ll see / I ain’t sayin’ I’m perfect, But I’m workin’ on a better me.” Here is the song.