Country music duo Montgomery Gentry is set to rock the stage at Myrtle Beach Speedway on April 23. The high-powered Kentucky act will bring their numerous hits and hybrid country/Southern rock sound to the Horry Country Fair as the fair closer.
The Myrtle Beach Sun News reported April 21 that Montgomery Gentry, the duo who took home the Best New Artist – Country award from the 2000 American Music Awards and has racked up quite a few hits in the interim, will close out the music artist line-up for the 2016 Horry County Fair Saturday night. The pair, who also won the Top New Vocal Duo or Group award (Academy of Country Music Awards) and Vocal Duo of the Year (Country Music Awards), have seen seven of their eight studio albums make the Top 10 the Billboard Country Albums chart, with 2004’s You Do Your Thing being the highest riser, peaking at No. 2. (You Do Your Thing was also the duo’s peak performer on the Billboard 200, rising to No. 10.) Montgomery Gentry has also had two compilation albums (of five) reach the Top 5 on the Country Albums chart as well.
Being denied the top spot on the albums chart, though, hasn’t hurt them on Hot Country Songs chart, where Montgomery Gentry has notched five chart-toppers. They’ve notched another ten Top 10 hits on the chart and a respectable 15 Hot 100 hits as well.
But it was their 2002 No. 5 hit “My Town” that has struck a cord with fans. About community pride and remembrance of family and roots that many can identify with, the song also pushed the idea that Thomas Wolfe may not have been entirely correct — your home may be the only place to which you can return.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Gentry told the Sun News via phone. “People’s lives change, with jobs that take them to different parts of the country. Regardless of where you move, … you always embraced your home town where you grew up. Lexington will always be my home town, … and now Nashville is kind of my secondary hometown.”
Montgomery Gentry are currently touring in support of their latest studio effort, 2015’s Folks Like Us. After the Horry County Fair, their next stop is at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on April 29. Always willing to lend a charitable hand (they’re involved in helping out with the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital), the duo will be in Franklin, Tennessee on May 9 for Hits For The Homeless. They’ll follow that up with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on May 10.
Doors for the Montgomery Gentry show at the Myrtle Beach Speedway open at 6:30 p.m. (EST) The concert begins at 7:30. Tickets are $25 general admission, but does not include price of fair admission ($5). VIP Gold Circle Tickets are $45.