Montgomery Gentry is back in a big way.
The duo has had an interesting 2011 so far. It was just a while ago the band parted ways with their long time record label after a decade of success. Shortly after that Eddie went through a bout with cancer and a divorce.
All of that would be enough to knock down even the toughest of folks, but Montgomery Gentry is back with a new record label (the great Average Joe’s) and a new album, Rebels On The Run.
Rebels On The Run by Montgomery Gentry
I’ve had the chance to listen to Rebels On The Run a few times now. It’s one of those records that is complete and full of great music for everybody. I’ve always been a Montgomery Gentry fan. They make music that’s full of attitude, grit, and heart. It’s a difficult combination. The guys have always had a way to be guy’s guys while still having songs for the women in the crowd.
MG has done it again with Rebels On The Run. The albums sees the band rejuvenated. They’re with a new record label and seem determined to regain their spot on the top of the charts as the best duo in country music.
Here is a little review of each track. And be sure to pick up your copy of Montgomery Gentry’s new album.
1. Damn Right I Am
Things get off to a rocking start. Damn Right I Am is a classic Montgomery Gentry song. Eddie is gritty and holding back nothing. He’s singing about how people in America stand for what they believe in. They protect their possessions and their families. Troy comes in on the chorus and really hits home the message of being proud. Eddie and Troy are old school the entire way through. There is nothing like hearing these guys on record. Their songs have passion, pride, and plenty of attitude. Damn Right I Am is exactly what you want from MG and it sets off the tone for the entire record.
2. Ain’t No Law Against That
The rocking side of Montgomery Gentry doesn’t slow down on the second track. The guys are ready for a party. It’s a great song for getting together and enjoying a good yard party during the summer. Gather up a crowd and play the music a little too loud. This song is for the folks that still like to throw down on a Saturday night. So pretend you’re not an adult quite yet and have a little fun. There ain’t no law against enjoying life and these guys are certainly enjoying themselves.
3. Damn Baby
Now we get to see the romantic side of Montgomery Gentry. This is actually one of my favorite tracks on the record. It’s unique. Damn Baby is about two people that are crazy in love. Others are saying they’re nuts for thinking they can make it in love, but these two know they living a real love. If a guy were to share his feelings of love you’d expect it to be like this. It’s hard for guys to express it sometimes and all we can think of is to say Damn Baby. After the first single runs its course through the top ten (hopefully) I’d expect this track to maybe be the second single release.
This is another great record. The groove is slowed down once again. It’s a sad song about a guy that’s empty inside just like his big empty house. He’s got nothing left. The love of his life is gone for good. He’s trying to accept things. She’s gone and he’s having a hard time moving on. He just goes through the motions and the days seem to pass. There is nothing in life for him, though. He’s lost. He’s empty. There is nothing for him and he’s on the brink of losing all hope. This is another song that would play well on radio.
5. Where I Come From
This is the first single from the new album. The track is already in the top 40 and still climbing fast. The song is about being proud of where you come from. The guys are singing about the things that make their hometown great. They’re proud of the people that share their hometown pride. They’re proud of the folks that are working hard to make it through each day providing for their families. Montgomery Gentry brings attitude to pride and there’s nobody out there doing it better. Great song.
6. I Like Those People
Now this is a cool little track. It’s a little groovy. It’s laid back and a little change from the usual Montgomery Gentry record. The song is about the good folks that work hard each day. They make a few mistakes here and there, but they love their lives and do the best they can. Their lives may be playing out just like some old country song, but these are the people that make this world great. They’re the best of friends. They’re loyal. They don’t judge. That’s the kind of people you want to be around. Great to see Charlie Daniels on this record too.
7. Rebels On The Run
Here’s the title track from the new album. The song is about a guy that lives his life on the edge. He and his buddy were always tearing it up back in the good old days. There lived life in the fast lane. People thought they were crazy. They were truly rebels on the run living hard and almost trying to get caught and die young. They went far and had a ton of fun. We are’t all wired to live life this way, but we all sure feel like it sometimes. There is a little rebel in us all. The song goes on to talk about how love can turn a guy and gal into rebels. Sometimes your folks don’t want you to settle down with a certain someone. That’ll turn you into rebels too.
8. Simples Things
Now we’re rocking again. It’s more classic Montgomery Gentry. This song could have been on their first record. Simple Things has a great melody. You’ll be singing along by the end of the first chorus. The song is about the simple things in life. You think about the life that’s passed you by. You think about the old days when life was easy. You realize it was the simple things that made life enjoyable. You go back to the easy life of fishing, loving, and enjoying things once again.
9. Missing You
I feel like I’ve been saying this about every song on the record, but this is another song that could be a single. It’s a song about being alone. You don’t have the one you love. You get through the days by going through the motions. You get the same feelings for your former love. The heartache takes over and you go on missing her. You can’t let it go. You hit a new low and you struggle to move on. That’s how it usually works out and each day is a struggle until enough days pass that you don’t think about it as much.
10. So Called Life
We’re nearing the end of the album and it’s time to finish things out with a bang. So Called Life is rocking. There is plenty of attitude once again. Not every day is going to be the best day. Not every day is going to be easy. No matter what happens you’ve got to work hard each day to make it the best day it can be. You’ve got to kick this day in the tail and take what you want.
11. Work Hard, Play Harder
This song is a good way to finish off this record. The reason I say that is because it seems Montgomery Gentry worked hard on this record while also having a blast making it. Their energy has always been there yet there was something of an added drive on this record. The band seems to have figured out that life is about working hard to make things great for yourself. But don’t work too hard because you’ll wear yourself out. Take some time out to play and enjoy life.
What a great way to finish out the record.
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