Well, actually, that’s not strictly true. Given the nature of their business, “weekends” for Montgomery Gentry are Monday to Wednesday, and only the Gentry half of the twosome wants to go boating – but more about this later. After 15 years, several million albums sold, multiple American
Country Music and Country Music Association awards, and membership in the
Grand Old Opry and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Montgomery Gentry – the
singers Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry – are still drawing door-busting crowds
to their concerts and releasing albums that stay true to the Kentucky country-music
movement they helped define. But having paid their dues to establish a secure foothold in the music world, the hard work is finally beginning to lean a bit toward a little
more free time, and that suits Troy Gentry just fine.
When we talk, he’s at a high-school basketball tournament with his daughter – on
a Friday, a day usually never free for him in those hectic times of endless touring and
promoting. “Now we work three or four days a week, and then we’re home for three or
four days a week,” he says. “We’ve finally gotten to a nice balance where we do between
85 and 95 dates a year touring across the country, which is great.” As well as more
home time with the family (he has two daughters, one 21 years old, the other 12), this
also allows him time to get back to his other great love – boating.
Gentry says he was something of a latecomer to owning a boat, but the desire was
always percolating close to the surface.
More Water Than Landed Gentry
They’re one of country music’s most recognizable duos, but just like the rest
of us, when the weekend arrives, they want to go boating
“We’d go fishing on boats when I was
a kid, but I didn’t really get into the sport-ing aspect of it until late high school, on
Herrington Lake in Kentucky,” he says.
“When I got to college, I was in the
waterski club at school for a semester,
but I was so busy playing music, it didn’t
really pan out. When my wife and I first
got married, we bought a pontoon boat to
hang out on, and we’d go out on boats with
friends, and things like that, from time to
time,” he recalls. But as Montgomery
Gentry took off, they sold the pontoon
boat, as there wasn’t much time for idle
weekends, even when they happened on
Mondays. Until a few years ago, that is.
“We were touring and chatting out in
By Ann Dermody
Troy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery
Gentry, works his best mean and moody
rockstar look (far left) and, in a more
relaxed setting, gets ready to wakeboard
with his wife and daughter (above).