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June 2nd, 2006 - Myrtle Beach South
With Trent Tomlinson Opening
Coastal Federal Field
Produced by the Myrtle Beach
Managed by ERG
Our job was to acquire
the talent as the agent for the Pelicans and manage the
concert. We oversaw security, catering, band rider
needs, equipment, stage, sound, lighting and most
elements of the concert.
The challenge was to build the entire infrastructure of
the stage, sound and lighting on one of the top Minor
League ball fields in the country and, during the
baseball season. Most importantly, we had to leave as
small as a footprint as possible on the field.
The concert started on time at 7:30 PM June 2, and ended
around 10PM. Just as soon as the concert ended the load
out and de-construction process started. The bands were
out within 2 hours. There was a big storm approaching
though. The crew hustled to get all of the electronic
infrastructure loaded before the storm hit. The crew
then continued to work throughout a very rainy night to
complete the entire process by 6AM.
The band and crew from Montgomery Gentry and Trent
Tomlinson were a pleasure to work with. They gave a
great show which the audience will never forget. And,
last but not least, a big shout goes out to Neil Fortier
of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club for his
complete commitment to the infrastructure of the
for Montgomery Gentry and Trent Tomlinson Below
started bright and early on June 1st, a day before the
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Images from Day 1 - Construction
Neil and Lenny
Neil, Dinger & CJ
Images from Day 2 - Band Load In and Concert
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Montgomery Gentry Bio
Since their debut in 1999,
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have been a cornerstone of
the most important movement in country music since the
Outlaws. Just as Waylon, Willie and the rest kicked open the
genre's doors in the 1970s, Montgomery Gentry has helped
kick-start 21st century country.
The elements consist of straightforward lyrics reflecting
the realities of modern life, a tour and stage show that are
completely inclusive of their audience, and a gritty rock
edge that has captured the imaginations of untold millions.
Along with like-minded artists like Gretchen Wilson, Hank
Jr. and Big & Rich, they have joined forces with rockers
like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock to help rewrite the modern
Theirs is a world of blue-collar anthems, tales of life,
work, love, loss and patriotism balanced by the
hard-partying spirit that takes the edge off --"the good,
the bad, the ugly, and the party on the weekends," as
Montgomery has long capsulated it.
"People recognize the realism in our music," says Gentry.
"We're not trying to candy coat anything. Who we are is who
we are. It's all about being real, being yourself, and
playing real music to the people."
For Montgomery Gentry, the upshot of that connection with
their audience--their "friends," as Montgomery invariably
calls them--has been milestone after milestone in an
enviable career trajectory. "Some People Change," the
leadoff single & title track from their stellar new
collection, became the fastest-rising in their already
impressive catalog. It followed "She Don't Tell Me To," the
single from 2005's greatest hits collection, Something To Be
Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005, a song that hit the Top 5
on the country charts, while the albums' title track reached
#1 on both the Billboard and R&R singles charts. In
addition, the pair was CMT's Most Played Duo of 2005.
Now, with Some People Change, Montgomery Gentry takes yet
another important step forward. Some People Change is an
incredibly rich collection that reflects the continued
maturing of Montgomery Gentry on a number of levels. There
is, first of all, a deeper exploration of the issues they
have always deemed important.
"If you look at the direction Montgomery Gentry has gone,"
says Gentry, "we started out with the hard-driving,
in-your-face, honky-tonk, hell-raising style of Tattoos &
Scars and Carrying On, and carried that over into more of a
working man's album on My Town. We spoke a lot about our
military, the places we grew up, the good and bad, songs
Americans could listen to and identify with. This album goes
even farther and brings it back to family and religious
beliefs, and keeps those ties to the military. We talk about
our life growing up, about maturing, and reflecting on where
we've come from."
They have deepened their relationship with some of
Nashville's best songwriters, particularly with Rivers
Rutherford and Jeffrey Steele, who co-wrote seven of the
album's songs and shared production duties on most of the
project with veteran producer, Mark Wright.
Among others, Steele contributed the hook-heavy "Hey
Country" and the karma-laden rocker "Tears Are Comin',"
while Rutherford's efforts include the nostalgic "Redder
Than That," and "Free Ride In The Fast Lane," which
Montgomery Gentry declare as particularly true-to-life.
Rutherford and Steele both collaborated, with Gary
Nicholson, on the father-son epic "Twenty Years Ago."
"Their track record speaks for itself," says Montgomery of
the dynamic songwriting duo. "They were the number one
songwriters of the year, but from our perspective, what's
most important is that they get us. They're a lot like us."
Perhaps most importantly, Some People Change showcases more
than ever before the writing talents of both Gentry and
Montgomery, with the former contributing the family-of-man
anthem "Takes All Kinds" as well as "If You Wanna Keep An
Angel," an ode to earning the love of a good woman, while
the latter offers "A Man's Job," about come-uppance for a
wayward spouse, and "Clouds," which Montgomery co-wrote with
Steele and Tony Mullins and which turns the loss of his
father and his son into one of the most achingly heartfelt
tributes ever committed to song.
If the continued rise in quality is evident throughout the
CD, it is certainly not coincidental.
"We're always trying to better ourselves both in the studio
and on stage," says Gentry. "We keep honing our skills from
doing it so often, but really, we're a work in progress."
It is a journey that began in northern Kentucky. Montgomery
grew up in his family's band, where he and his brother John
Michael spent their formative years in honky-tonks, falling
in love with the music of Hank Jr., Charlie Daniels, Willie,
Waylon, Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Influenced by his
mothers' love of music, Gentry favored George Jones,
Haggard, Randy Travis and Hank Jr. and by high school, was
in his first talent contest.
The Montgomery brothers and Gentry joined forces in a band
called Young Country until John Michael landed a record
deal. His brother joined his band and Gentry went solo,
winning the national Jim Beam Talent Contest in 1994. When
Eddie returned to Kentucky, he and Gentry found themselves
on stage together at various charity concerts and they
decided to get back together.
"It just seemed like the more we were playing together
around town, the bigger our following got," says Gentry.
Nashville heard the buzz, and Columbia Records signed them.
A string of hits soon followed, including "Hillbilly Shoes,"
"Lonely And Gone," "Daddy Won't Sell The Farm," "She
Couldn't Change Me," "My Town," "Speed," and "Hell Yeah,"
"Gone" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me."
They have performed for well over a million fans & prior to
headlining tours, they were on Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No
Shirt, No Problems" tours in 2002 and 2003, and the Brooks &
Dunn Neon Circus & Wild West Show in 2001. They were named
the CMA's Duo of the Year in 2000, and received that year's
American Music Award for Favorite New Artist--Country, the
Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Group or
Duo," and the 2000 and 2001 Radio & Records Readers' Poll
award for Top Country Duo.
As impressive as their past has been, their future looks
"It's just amazing how the crowds keep getting bigger," says
Gentry. "They know all the hits. They're singing along with
us. It's just incredible.
"There's no rush like it," adds Montgomery, "no drug, no
alcohol, that can give you that kind of rush when you see
65,000 people just screaming back a song at you. It's like,
'Is this real? If I'm dreaming, don't wake me up'."
If they share with their audience a love of good music, they
also share an appreciation for the nation's veterans and
active duty personnel. For Montgomery Gentry, that is
something that dates back to the release of their first
record. They have done many shows for military personnel
through the years, but in 2006 for the first time they were
able to travel to visit troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Germany
as part of a USO tour. It was a journey that affected both
"It was an eye-opening experience for me," says Gentry,
"seeing what our soldiers are doing to battle terrorism and
help the Iraqis and Afghanis gain a better way of life."
"I don't ever want to hear anybody say, 'I don't know if
this generation has got what it takes,'" says Eddie. "We've
got the baddest men and women in the world & knowing that
they've got our backs reminds me every day why America is
the greatest country in the world and will always be the
Back on U.S. soil, they continue to take their music and
their appreciation for American life to fans in city after
city, where differences blur in the face of overwhelming
"It doesn't matter what kind of accent they've got," says
Montgomery, "when the music hits and the lights come on,
they're all the same--rednecking and ready to have a good
If there is a secret to it all, it is an open one. These are
two men living by the creeds that infuse their music. "Stay
true to yourself and hold your ground," Gentry says simply.
"And dare to be different. Through it all, if you can lay
your head on your pillow at night and be comfortable with
what you're doing, you're doing alright."
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