Montgomery Gentry

Review: Montgomery Gentry, “One in Every Crowd”

January 26, 2009 // 4 Comments

A decade into a middle-management career, Montgomery Gentry scored back-to-back No.1 singles last year, “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll with Me,” a testament to their enduring popularity with radio programmers nationwide. However, sales of their current album (Back When I Knew It All) are tepid at best, with only 150,000 copies sold since the disc’s debut last June. The duo has slipped into the trap of many acts who presently dominate the airwaves. Their radio releases serve as the perfect companion on evening commutes, but they don’t boil the blood of the potential recordbuyer. “One in Every Crowd” (no relation to the flaccid 1975 Eric Clapton album) is another standard-issue story of the party boy who sets the good-timin’ tone every Friday night. The usual ingredients are here—a six-pack, a pissed-off barkeep, a rowdy house band—for a honky-tonk tonic. As a (worn-out) reference to their hillbilly heroes, the boys toss off mentions of “Free Read More

Discussion: SoundScan Sound Off

December 17, 2008 // 30 Comments

In this era of rampant piracy and economic recession, things aren’t looking good for the music industry.   We don’t post too often about the business side of the music business here, as we tend to keep the focus on the music.   But the reality is that these numbers matter.  If Little Big Town’s second Equity album had performed as well as the first, the label might still be in business. It’s not all doom and gloom, as many artists go on to make their best music once they leave major labels.   But this Christmas, you can guarantee that some artists and record executives will be bracing for the New Year, while others are embracing it. Here’s a look at some totals for albums released in 2008, ranked by total sales (rounded to the nearest thousand): Taylor Swift, Fearless – 1,519,000 Sugarland, Love on the Inside – 1,179,000 George Strait, Troubadour Read More

Discussion: Country Universe Giveaway/Darius Rucker, Learn to Live

November 18, 2008 // 38 Comments

While a number of artists from different musical genres entered into the country rodeo this past year, no Nashville newcomer was more successful than Hootie & the Blowfish frontman, Darius Rucker. His debut country disc, Learn to Live, topped the country album charts in its first week of release, in large part due to its lead single, the #1 smash, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Country Universe is offering a free copy of Learn to Live to our loyal readers. To be considered, leave a comment and tell us your favorite #1 country song of 2008. Billboard #1 country songs in 2008: Taylor Swift – “Our Song” Brad Paisley – “Letter To Me” Rodney Atkins – “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” Carrie Underwood – “All-American Girl” Alan Jackson – “Small Town Southern Man” Trace Adkins – “You’re Gonna Miss This” George Strait – “I Saw God Read More

Country Universe Staff: 2008 CMA Predictions

November 12, 2008 // 19 Comments

This afternoon, the Country Universe staff is following up last night’s personal picks with our actual predictions about who will win tonight. Check back tonight at show time to join the live blog and mock us for our defective divinations. Less than four hours until showtime! Entertainer Kenny Chesney- Kevin, Leeann, Blake Brad Paisley – Dan George Strait Sugarland Keith Urban Kevin: BMG has to throw their weight behind either Chesney or Paisley. My hunch is they’ll back Chesney for Entertainer and Paisley for Male Vocalist. _ Leeann: It’s been Chesney all this time and not much has changed to make me think it won’t be Kenny again this year. _ Blake: Chesney remained steady on the concert trail and earned three #1 singles in the past year. This would be his fourth win, tying Garth Brooks for the most ever in the Entertainer lineup. _ Dan: It seems somewhat Read More

Country Universe Staff: 2008 CMA Personal Picks

November 11, 2008 // 20 Comments

As we gear up for tomorrow night’s CMA Awards Show, the staff of Country Universe share our personal picks in all categories.   Check back tomorrow for our predictions in each category.  Our third annual Live Blog will commence at the beginning of the show. Entertainer Kenny Chesney- Blake Brad Paisley – Leeann, Lynn George Strait Sugarland – Kevin, Dan Keith Urban Kevin: The only act in the running this year who has shown artistic, commercial and live performance growth is Sugarland, and they’ve grown by leaps and bounds.  In a race with four other acts who have long since settled into their styles, they’re the only ones who are still charting new territory. Leeann: While Paisley may not use explosions or other fancy tricks to entertain his crowds, much like Vince Gill, he keeps them mesmerized with his comedy, graphic creations, incredible guitar prowess and a catalog of engaging songs – in Read More

CMA Flashback: Horizon Award (New Artist)

November 9, 2008 // 14 Comments

For a look back at the other major categories, visit our CMA Awards page. 2010 Luke Bryan Easton Corbin Jerrod Neimann Chris Young Zac Brown Band Usually there isn’t this much turnover in this race unless most of last year’s nominees are ineligible.  This year, only one of the four eligible nominees from last year – Zac Brown Band – earns a nomination.  With their massive success and their multiple nominations, they’ve got an excellent shot at winning. Then again, Easton Corbin is elsewhere on the ballot, too. It could be a horse race. 2009 Randy Houser Jamey Johnson Jake Owen Darius Rucker Zac Brown Band Thirteen years after winning the Best New Artist Grammy as part of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker won the country music equivalent, adding an exclamation point to the most successful pop-to-country crossover in a generation. 2008 Jason Aldean Rodney Atkins Lady Antebellum James Read More

Discussion: Vote for Your CMA Picks

November 4, 2008 // 20 Comments

Seems appropriate for Election Day.  Vote for your favorites and share your thoughts in the comments.  Be sure to click “more” so you can see all of the categories. [poll id=”2″] [poll id=”3″] [poll id=”4″]

Montgomery Gentry, “Roll With Me”

July 20, 2008 // 23 Comments

Montgomery Gentry slows things down with their new single, “Roll With Me.” Instead of trading lines, Troy Gentry sings lead while Eddie Montgomery provides particularly appealing harmony vocals to a rather pleasant sounding melody. Regrettably, this is where the praise must end. The song is riddled with clichés and nonsensical lines that will likely force the listener to viscerally cringe to think that such lyrics have been passed off as a viable song. “Roll With Me” is from the perspective of a man who has realized that he should more fully appreciate life, which is expressed with the overt cliché of “Wake up in the morning/Get to living my life/Making sure that I’m all that I can be…” As a result of his new found peace, he presumably feels that it’s time for his significant other to settle down with him, which he conveys by singing, “…I’m Thinking it’s time Read More

Montgomery Gentry, “Back When I Knew it All”

February 16, 2008 // 15 Comments

Coming off the heels of their single “What Do You Think About That”, Montgomery Gentry supplies their listeners with another up-tempo song that is bound to be successful on country music radio. This song, with its Mellencamp feel, sounds good until the lyrics kick in. The duo swaps lines to create a rollicking portrait of people who acknowledge that they just may not have known everything when they were young. They reminisce about their youthful indiscretions and defiant disregard of their parents with what seems to be fond amusement. While there doesn’t seem to be much regret of the past, the duo concedes that they have gained wisdom with age. They have learned “so much more than back when {they} knew it all.” They, no doubt, have softened over time, but one can’t help but wonder if they may still have some more growing up to do. To put it Read More

Montgomery Gentry, “What Do Ya Think About That”

July 28, 2007 // 8 Comments

They tried this tack before with “You Do Your Thing”, and the same dilemma surfaces.   It’s hard to believe that you don’t care what other people think about you if you’re taking the time to loudly claim to the world that you don’t care what other people think about you.    They doth protest too much. That said, this is a much more entertaining record than “You Do Your Thing”, with their catchiest melody and hook since “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”   I bobbed my head along in enjoyment, even as I disregarded the dead-on-arrival message of the lyrics. Grade: B Listen: What Do Ya Think About That Buy: What Do Ya Think About That

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