Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery Is Still a ‘Lucky Man,’ Despite Hardships
Eddie Montgomery is "Lucky Man Eddie" on Twitter and Facebook. He sings a song called "Lucky Man" that is far from tongue-in-cheek. Given everything he's been through, you'd guess the Montgomery Gentry singer had given up on luck, but you'd be wrong.
Cancer, divorce, bankruptcy, the death of his son and most recently, the death of his best friend and duo partner Troy Gentry — the last few years haven't been great to Montgomery. Or have they? The singer acknowledges that life has dealt him a few tough hands, but there's nothing that resembles self-pity when he's asked how he processes it all.
"I never question the man upstairs in my life, and I'm not gonna start now," 54-year-old Montgomery says. "He's given me a hell of a life and he's let me be around a lot of people, man, that have changed my life. I'm not gonna question that at all."
MoGent's Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, 2017, just two days after the duo had completed their latest album, Here's to You, which drops on Feb. 2. For the most part it's the straight-forward country rock album you expect from a two-some who've been at it for three decades, but songs like the radio single "Better Me" and "Drive on Home" sound different knowing that the 50-year-old is no longer here to perform them live. Montgomery recognizes this, and he did spiral during the weeks that followed the tragedy. But he realized his longtime friend would want him to continue, so he took stock of what was still in front of him and found perspective on everything he's accomplished. The tragedies, the bad luck and the loss don't begin to tell the full story.
"I've raised probably more hell than just about anybody in my life," Montgomery says, cracking a smile. "Most people go: 'I wish I'd have tried that.' At the end of my life I'll be like: 'Well maybe I shouldn't have tried that one."
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