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Q&A: Montgomery Gentry

The rowdy twosome sounds off on war, poverty—and Brooks & Dunn

In the July 30 issue of Country Weekly you’ll find a wide-ranging Q&A in which Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry address every topic from cars to reality TV to singing in the shower. Here are a few exclusive web-only outtakes from that interview.

What did you learn from your visits to Iraq and Afghanistan?

Eddie: I wish every American could go over there and see what all of our heroes are doing for people not so blessed as all of us Americans. We’ve got the greatest men and women in the world over there. The media don’t give them enough credit, and I wish that everybody could see what they’re really doing. We had some stagehands from Iraq who traveled with us, and they were saying, “You just don’t know what it was like before.” Other artists have asked us, “What’s it like going over there? I wouldn’t mind going, but I’m a little scared.” I’ll tell any artist to go. We had the best security around. They will be very safe, and our heroes over there will make sure they come back home. They very much take care of you. They’ve got a lot of pride.

You recently had a big hit with “Lucky Man.” Do you consider yourselves lucky men?

Troy: We’ve got it pretty good, you know? It doesn’t matter who you are, sometimes you look at yourself in the mirror and feel bad about yourself. But if you think about it a little bit, you’ll know there’s somebody out there that has it worse than you do. I think a lot of people take for granted their lifestyle and what they do have. Especially if you go to Africa, to Iraq, to Third World countries that have poverty, devastating diseases and everything else. As Americans, who can have anything and get anything we want with a little drive, we take for granted how lucky we are. There’s people worldwide who have it a whole lot worse, and even here in the United States of America there’s people who have it a whole lot worse than we do.

What is it like to be a team with one other guy for long?

Troy: It’s like a marriage. You’re around each other so much, you just get used to each other’s personalities and what they’re gonna do next. There are times when we’ve finished each other’s sentences. Seventeen years being together playing music, you kinda get to know somebody. We’ve seen each other at our highest moments and at our lowest moments.

How does it feel to have been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards eight times . . . and to have lost to Brooks & Dunn every time but once?

Eddie: Everybody is still chasing the legends, B&D. And we’re after their ass, man! We want ‘em. We’re gonna keep chompin’ at ‘em and chompin’ at ‘em until we catch ‘em!