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“At first, I didn’t know whether to keep singing or if we should even put out the CD,” Montgomery said. “We had finished the CD two days before the accident. So it became, like, ‘Should we put this out?’ But we had had a talk, actually, about this awhile back. We agreed that if something should happen to one of us, we wanted Montgomery Gentry to keep going. So I talked to my band guys about it. Plus, I knew T Roy would be right there going, ‘Hey, man, keep this rocking.’ So we’re going to keep Montgomery Gentry rocking.”
“Here’s To You,” which is being released Friday, was partly designed to celebrate the duo’s 20th anniversary. But as any of their veteran Central Kentucky fans will remind you, the alliance between the two singers was forged long before they officially adopted the Montgomery Gentry name in 1998 and released their first collaborative album, “Tattoos Scars,” the following spring. The two teamed in the ’80s and eventually became bandmates of another Kentucky country hopeful Montgomery’s younger brother, John Michael Montgomery. Together the three were staples in Lexington clubs most prominently, the Austin City Saloon, before John Michael’s solo career took off with “Life’s a Dance” in 1992.
“Playing the Lexington honky tonks five or six nights a week, that was a great experience for us as far as knowing who we were and how we were able to talk to each other about different things,” Montgomery said. “We’ve seen a lot of stuff, man, playing six nights a week, whether someone was going in and getting loaded or someone was coming in who had lost somebody. We were with the working class people that were coming into the bars in Lexington, so we took stories from that for our records. We kind of grew up that way.