Montgomery Gentry Sells Out The Bluestone In Columbus, OH
This past weekend, I took a two hour road trip down to Columbus, OH in order to catch a performance by the best duo in country music since Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry!
The Bluestone finds its home in a church, built in 1898 with stain glass windows still intact. What better a venue to present fantastic country music in? I spotted a sign near the staging area that referred to it as “The Other Church Of Country Music,” a bit a of play on The Ryman’s “Mother Church of Country Music” nickname. I can get behind that.
Unfortunately, I was running a tad behind as far as my arrival time for the show. I definitely regret this as upon entering the venue, Ray Scott had already made it through the majority of his set. Just as a side note, if you aren’t familiar with Ray Scott, give him a listen. If you love country music of the 90’s, I don’t think liking Scott’s music would be too much of a stretch!
As 10PM came around, it was time for Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry to take the stage. I had very high expectations, as I have seen these guys steal the show with much “bigger” (aka: modern radio darlings) acts following them and not being able to compete. The guys weren’t promoting a new album, new single or anything else. Montgomery Gentry was there in Columbus, OH that night to do one thing: Entertain. And entertain they did!
Amongst the sold out crowd, I heard a handful of “I didn’t know this was their song!” or “I forgot about this one!” With 15 top ten singles on top of 11 other radio favorites, I think this speaks volumes on the nearly 18 years of hits that Montgomery Gentry has been putting out at a seemingly rapid pace since 1999. From their debut single “Hillbilly Shoes” to “My Town” and “Lucky Man,” that old church was rocking all night long!
There was very little filler between songs. I typically prefer when an artist spends some time telling stories about their life and career in order to explain how the songs have affected them. While there is certainly a time and place for that, Montgomery Gentry had this crowd on a high that is not to be interrupted.
Montgomery Gentry came around at a time when country music was about to see a change in styles. I strongly believe that they are one of the best modern examples for what 90’s country music was while still being able to blend into what was transpiring in the mid-late 2000’s and still be relevant today. If they are coming through your town, I highly recommend that you take the time to see them perform. As stated above, I drove 2 hours after a long work day, and I would gladly do it again.
All Night Long
Lonely and Gone
She Couldn’t Change Me
If You Ever Stop Loving Me
Back When I Knew It All
Something to Be Proud Of
Roll With Me
Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm
Some People Change
She Don’t Tell Me To
Where I Come From
One in Every Crowd
Montgomery Gentry can be seen next at the Country Cruising event featuring also featuring Diamond Rio, Chris Young, Ray Scott, Phil Vassar and others! For more Montgomery Gentry hits, pickup Playlist: The Very Best Of Montgomery Gentry via our Amazon link below.