Life is about ups and downs, and sharing those moments with those closest to you. The brand new disc from Montgomery Gentry definitely represents this time-honored tradition that Country Music has of telling stories about those experiences and living through them.
There also seems to be more of a tip of the hat to the small-town lifestyle than normal on the new disc. Granted, that blue-collar ethic has always been a part of their music, especially on songs like “My Town” and “Something To Be Proud Of,” but they really seem in their element on cuts like “In A Small Town,” the nostalgia-driven “We Were Here,” as well as the title cut. They show their commercial side still very much in play with the churning “Headlights,” and definitely play the humor card on the hilarious “Hillbilly Hippies,” which is straight out of their playbook.
Over the years, Eddie and Troy have withstood their share of challenges – both personal and career-wise, and have always managed to battle back with their sense of humor and loyalty very much intact.
On Folks Like Us, Montgomery Gentry tell stories about those make-or-break moments, such as “Better For It,” which details what the love of that right person can do, as well as the gripping “Pain,” which contains some of the best vocal work that Eddie Montgomery has done in his sixteen years of recording.
At the end of the day, this album feels like an old pair of shoes – or better yet, a conversation with “Two Old Friends,” as one of the songs on the set suggests. After all, what’s more engaging than getting together with some pals to talk about going it through romantic, financial, and health woes – and effectively living to tell the tale. To quote another title from the album, “That’s Just Living,” and indeed it is!
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Country News Editor and The 615 columnist for Billboard.com, Chuck Dauphin has also been a contributor to outlets such as Roughstock and At Home Tennessee. Dauphin has also enjoyed a twenty-year run in the Nashville area as a radio personality, currently with WNKX / Centerville.