September 8 was a day marred in sadness as it marked the one-year anniversary of Troy Gentry’s passing. After dying in a freak accident, the Montgomery Gentry singer left a void in family, friends and fans’ lives.
But rather than remember his partner with a dark cloud, Eddie Montgomery has decided to reminisce on the fun and rowdy times they had together. In a video posted to the duo’s social media on Friday (Sept. 7), the singer recalled some of his favorite memories, while also keeping the details to himself.
“I’ll tell you what, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss my brother in crime, T-Roy,” he reflects. “After looking to your left all these years, man … all the stuff with him and that big wooden spoon, stirring stuff up all the time, and pulling tricks and jokes. All the stuff that we’ve been through that we can’t put on camera, that everybody can’t see. That’s the good stories. He’d probably come kick my ass if I told some of them, so I better not! And plus, [Gentry’s widow] Angie would probably kick my ass, too.”
“Every time I think about you, brother, I’m smiling and I’m laughing, and I go back to the honky-tonk days, man…” he adds. “Gosh, man, I miss you, brother. I miss you a bunch.”
In the days and weeks following Gentry’s untimely death, the country music community rallied around Montgomery and Gentry’s family, encouraging them to stay involved and present.
During Gentry’s funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House, fellow Opry member Vince Gill invited Montgomery to remain a familiar face and push on, just as his bandmate would have wanted.
Gentry died in a helicopter crash ahead of a scheduled show in New Jersey on Sept. 8, 2017. The pilot was killed on impact, while the singer later died at the hospital with Montgomery by his side.
The band has continued to forge on, with Montgomery Gentry embarking on the “Here’s to You Tour” in January 2018.