1 August 2000
Gentry Cross The Horizon With Two Nominations
Best New Country Act, ACM Top New Duo or Group Score Horizon, Duo Nods
Nashville: Having made a year out of winning awards and sweeping polls,
Kentucky's renegade Montgomery Gentry picked up two Country Music Association
Award nominations for Duo of the Year and the Horizon Award for demonstrating
greatest career growth over the past 12 months. This marks the second straight
CMA Duo of the Year nomination for the American Music Awards' > Best New
Country Act, the Academy of Country Music's Best New Duo or Group and the Radio
& Records' Readers' Poll 1999 Duo of the Year -- an award that upset Brooks
& Dunn's eight year domination of the category.
"Damn," said a sleepy Eddie Montgomery, who was asleep on the bus when reached with the news. "This means so much to us 'cause there were plenty of times Troy and I thought about giving it all up, back in Lexington. And, it also means we're gonna have one helluva party tonight!!!"
watched the CMA shows growing up, it's a little hard to believe you're part of
them on this level," added Troy Gentry. "I still remember seeing Randy
Travis winning for 'Forever and Ever Amen' -- and that's when I knew I wanted to
do this. Being there, as much as getting up when they call your name, makes you
feel like you're part of the whole country music family -- and that's all I ever
wanted from that night all those years ago."
Montgomery Gentry -- whose Columbia debut Tattoos & Scars was certified gold
for sales of over a half million units -- this year has seen a lot of dreams
come true. They joined Waylon Jennings for a live recording at the historic
Ryman Auditorium, made their Grand Ole Opry debut and played the Ernest Tubb
Record Shoppe's famed "Midnight Jamboree" radio show with Loretta
Lynn. They also created a Future Farmers of America scholarship, watched
"Hillbilly Shoes" go Top 10 and "Lonely & Gone" find the
Top 5, "Daddy Won't Sell The Farm" become their third straight #1
video at CMT, had a letter published in The New York Times -- and were the first
country act to perform on "The Queen Latifah Show," plus sing on
"The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilbourn" and get tattoed on CNN.
said of the pair, "A first rate country duo with the rough-and-tumble
energy of Brooks & Dunn and sweet two-part harmony that often recalls the
Everly Brothers," while Entertainment Weekly raved about their
"testosterone-laden hooky, hardcore fare spiced with heavy Southern
rock" and USA Today proclaimed they "come across like a backwoods
Gregg Allman or Marshall
Tucker Band, all sinewy guitars and blues harmonies."
for the boys to hit Sturgis, SD's world famous Bike Week August 7 through 9.