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Did you hear the one about Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry and the mechanical bull he became quite acquainted with a few years back?
“We had just done a show and I ended up talking Troy into getting up there and trying it . . . and that bull just freaked out,” fellow Montgomery Gentry frontman Eddie Montgomery says with a hearty laugh. “I mean . . . that bull just about ripped his jeans right off of him.”
And while women everywhere take a moment to digest that last sentence, the simple fact is these Kentucky-born and -bred boys have long been known for taking the bull by the horns, per se, in both their personal and professional lives. Fresh off the release of their new album, Rebels on the Run, and their new partnership with indie label Average Joes Entertainment, Montgomery Gentry will embark this weekend on a multicity arena tour pairing them up with some of the craziest cats this side of Kentucky—the Professional Championship Bullriders.
The PCB Tour will feature 35 of the nation's top bull riders, followed by the value-added bonus of a Montgomery Gentry concert. “I think, as a whole, we draw the same audience [as PCB], so having the opportunity to offer two entertainment events under one ceiling is pretty cool,” says Troy. “I actually think this is the first time they have co-headliners on the same ticket. We have played a lot of rodeos and bull riding events, and these bull riders are just fascinating to watch. They are like a stick of dynamite.”
“This is the fat-ass truth. Any guy who wants to take on a two-ton bull has to be crazier than hell,” Eddie adds enthusiastically. “I hang out with them bull riders. and let me just say this. . . . If you think I am crazy, you should see these guys.”
The tour kicks off this weekend in Battle Creek, Mich., before heading to North Dakota, Louisiana, Illinois and Iowa in coming weeks.