I've been to nearly a hundred concerts over 25 years in radio. The Montgomery Gentry show on Friday topped all of them. Not just the show, but what I got to experience.

After 25 years in the business, you see it all, and concerts can become like old hat. I've hung out with, and introduced such acts as Martina McBride, Little Texas, Travis Tritt, Rhett Akins, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Chesney, and Gloriana to name a few. It goes with the job!

Friday with Montgomery Gentry topped every concert, by far, and I'll explain why...

It started with getting in touch with their manager Alicia out in Nashville, regarding the Medina show. Let me tell you that I've never met such a nice and down to earth person in the music business than her.


Troy Gentry calls into the 98.1 studio and we talk for almost a 1/2 hour about everything under the sun. With Troy being part of my all-time favorite country band, I quickly realized why. He's the most genuine and normal guy I've ever interviewed. I was hoping he meant it when he said he wanted to hang out at the show and have a beer.

My wife and I took up the offer to join them at sound check Friday afternoon. My favorite song is 'If You Ever Stop Loving Me', and the band sound checked with that song...it was like a personal concert just for us. We got to finally meet Troy, Eddie and Alicia a few minutes after that and talked for a while, then we all went on our way to get ready for the show at 10pm.

A little before show time I get a text asking if we wanted to get a picture with the boys, of course we did! (see above). We take the picture, thinking it's our last chance to say 'thanks' to them, and Troy asks if we can hang around and have a drink before the show starts. We all head to the side stage and talk more, have a couple drinks and then it's show time!

The show was packed wall-to-wall. We've never seen Medina so packed for a concert. There's something electric about Eddie and Troy together, along with hit after hit song they sang straight through. There wasn't any down time, and every song flowed right into one another. THAT'S what a concert is all about, and they gave it 200%, even for a smaller venue like Medina (compared to venues they normally play). It didn't matter, they are there to rock out and give their fans a show they dreamed of seeing.

What Troy, Eddie and Alicia did to treat my wife and I like part of the family - it was pretty cool. The show that followed...easily made the entire package rate as the best concert experience my wife and I have ever had. We look forward to keeping in touch with all of them.

Montgomery Gentry are looking forward to coming back to Minnesota on June 24th, at Lakes Jam 2017 in Brainerd. A larger stage and crowd, and I can guarantee they'll be the best show of the entire weekend. You can bet I'll be there, and will enjoy every second of the night!

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