Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Honky Tonk Childhood Leads Montgomery Gentry To Academy Of Country Music

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some kids benefit from nursery school, but Eddie Montgomery of the country duo Montgomery Gentry thinks he benefitted spending his childhood in honky tonks.

Montgomery says his “mother was a drummer, Daddy played guitar and the bartenders were our babysitters.”

It may sound rough, but Montgomery enjoyed the honky tonks and says the experience taught him that music is the “ultimate form of communication.”

That’s why he and partner Troy Gentry will be honoring their honky tonk childhood on Saturday (Dec. 3) when they perform, “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time” during the Academy Of Country Music’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on CBS.

Montgomery admits some people think country music is trying too hard to make it on the dance charts, but he believes the success of the Johnny Cash bio-pic, Walk The Line, is proof that there will always be a place for old school country.

In his words, “Johnny Cash showed us that if you’re just you, that’s the bottom line.”

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