Mont­gomery Gen­try’s lat­est al­bum do­ing well

Wil­lie Nel­son still at his artis­tic peak

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - Coun­try Connection Jessie Pel­letier Aulis

Mont­gomery Gen­try’s new al­bum, recorded just be­fore Troy Gen­try’s death in a he­li­copter crash last Septem­ber, came out at the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary and the re­lease is do­ing well.

Their new al­bum, Here’s To You, de­buted at No. 1 on itunes Coun­try Al­bum Chart, No. 2 on Bill­board’s Top Coun­try Al­bum chart, and No. 1 on Bill­board’s In­de­pen­dent Al­bums chart.

Here’s To You was pro­duced by award­win­ning pro­duc­ers Noah Gor­don and Shan­non Houch­ins and re­leased on Av­er­age Joes En­ter­tain­ment. It had been over three years since their last re­lease; the new al­bum was re­ally worth the wait.

The main top­ics in ev­ery Mont­gomery Gen­try al­bum are about peo­ple’s lives and their ex­pe­ri­ences. The blue col­lar and hard-work­ing peo­ple are the heroes on Here’s To You and they are from all walks of life.

The al­bum wasn’t recorded as a trib­ute to Gen­try, but its re­lease cer­tainly comes as one. This col­lec­tion of great songs makes it feel like Gen­try is still among us, as you sense his soul in ev­ery song.

This al­bum is spe­cial for so many rea­sons. It show­cases the duo’s tal­ent, one of the best in coun­try mu­sic, while pay­ing a trib­ute to the legacy of the late Troy Gen­try through great songs, and well-crafted, heart­felt lyrics and mu­sic.

Their unique coun­try sound along with ev­ery­day life top­ics about small towns, un­rec­og­nized heroes, love good or bad, does it all. This might be their most di­verse al­bum yet.

As part of the pro­mo­tion for this al­bum, Mont­gomery Gen­try re­cently kicked off their Here’s To You tour. Ev­ery­one in the band will take turn to pro­vide the vo­cals usu­ally done by Troy Gen­try. His pass­ing leaves mighty big shoes to fill.

Chris Young rid­ing his suc­cess Last year was un­doubt­edly a ca­reerdefin­ing year for plat­inum-sell­ing en­ter­tainer Chris Young. He was in­ducted into the Grand Ole Opry and re­leased his ac­claimed sev­enth al­bum, Los­ing Sleep.

Even if the year is still young it is prov­ing to be another no­table year for the 32year-old neo-tra­di­tion­al­ist. Af­ter a tremen­dous re­sponse to the ini­tial win­ter leg of his ‘Chris Young Los­ing Sleep 2018 World Tour,’ play­ing five con­sec­u­tive sold-out week­ends of arena shows, Young has added nine more shows, in­clud­ing his first-ever home­town head­lin­ing ap­pear­ance at Bridge­stone Arena in Nashville.

Last week sure was a per­fect week for plat­inum-sell­ing en­ter­tainer Chris Young. The RCA Records Nashville singer/song­writer scored his 10th No. 1 sin­gle with ‘Los­ing Sleep,’ the ti­tle track to his chart-top­ping al­bum and the name of his sold-out arena head­lin­ing tour.

Young de­cided to thank Coun­try Ra­dio for his 10th No. 1 sin­gle by do­nat­ing $10,000 to St. Jude’s Coun­try Cares For Kids cam­paign dur­ing Coun­try Ra­dio Sem­i­nar 2018.

“When I first signed to RCA I got to visit St. Jude in Mem­phis dur­ing Coun­try Cares for Kids week­end and was amazed by the life­sav­ing mir­a­cles they per­form ev­ery day,” he said in a press re­lease.

More No. 1 for Thomas Rhett The ACM Male Vo­cal­ist of the Year Thomas Rhett com­mem­o­rated his eighth and ninth ca­reer Num­ber Ones as he gath­ered with song­writ­ers, friends, and fam­ily in Nashville to cel­e­brate his lat­est chart-top­pers, the plat­inum-sell­ing ‘Crav­ing You’ and gold-certified ‘Un­for­get­table.’

Thomas Rhett was also sur­prised with

a plaque to com­mem­o­rate Life Changes (The Valory Mu­sic Co.) earn­ing RIAA gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for achiev­ing 500,000 units sold less than six months af­ter its re­lease.

Ad­di­tion­ally, his cur­rent Top 5 sin­gle, ‘Marry Me,’ has been certified gold as it con­tin­ues to climb the coun­try ra­dio charts.

Thomas Rhett will also be rec­og­nized as a CMA Triple Play Award re­cip­i­ent, which hon­ours song­writ­ers who have penned three No. 1 songs within a 12month pe­riod (‘Die A Happy Man,’ ‘Star of the Show,’ and Michael Ray’s ‘Think A Lit­tle Less’).

Thomas Rhett is keep­ing up the mo­men­tum with his Life Chang­ing Tour 2018, set to kick off in April. For more in­for­ma­tion and for a full list of up­com­ing tour dates, visit www.thomas­

New al­bum for Wil­lie Nel­son Wil­lie Nel­son will re­lease Last Man Stand­ing, his new stu­dio al­bum, and the 11th for the la­bel (Legacy Record­ings), on Fri­day, April 27. The new al­bum will be out just in time for Nel­son’s 85th birth­day, which is on April 29.

The first sin­gle from the project is the ti­tle track from the al­bum ‘Last Man Stand­ing’ and Nel­son shared a mu­sic video cap­tur­ing the mak­ing of the track. Last Man Stand­ing, of­fers all newly penned songs by Wil­lie Nel­son and long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor and pro­ducer Buddy Can­non.

The new al­bum is the wor­thy suc­ces­sor to Nel­son’s God’s Prob­lem Child, which show­cased seven Nel­son-can­non com­po­si­tions and de­buted at No. 1 on the coun­try charts.

With Last Man Stand­ing, Nel­son has added 11 es­sen­tial new songs to his clas­sic cat­a­logue. Last Man Stand­ing is one of the Red Headed singer’s most per­sonal and in­tro­spec­tive al­bums to date. It re­veals the emo­tional range of Nel­son’s con­cerns, from the deeply re­flec­tive ‘Some­thing You Get Through,’ to the rol­lick­ing and play­ful ‘Me and You,’ and ‘Ready to Roar.’

This is an al­bum that ac­knowl­edges how time flies by so fast while he mar­vels at the joy and beauty the world has to of­fer. Last Man Stand­ing finds Wil­lie Nel­son still at the peak of his artistry. He will never cease to amaze ev­ery­one! He is a liv­ing leg­end!



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