Lexington country fans remember Troy Gentry
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -Even though it was a tough day for country music, fans gathered at Austin City Saloon in Lexington Friday night to celebrate Troy Gentry’s life by enjoying his music. It’s a place the Lexington-native used as a stepping stone to success in music.
Gentry, half of the successful duo, ‘Montgomery Gentry,’ died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey Friday afternoon on his way to a show. His music partner, Eddie Montgomery, was not on the flight. The pilot was the only other person in the helicopter. He died at the scene. Gentry was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. He was 50-years old.
Kentucky-based ‘Montgomery Gentry’ made a name for itself in the Horse Capital of the World, taking off on Billboards Music Chart, not conforming to the new Nashville sound.
Michael Golden was at Austin City Saloon Friday night to pay tribute to his friend, who he looked up to as an artist and person.
He said the two met nearly 17 years ago and he couldn’t have been more devastated.
“People didn’t hear about it until the same time I did and people are just shocked. You carry on in life and then boom, you get hit with something like this. He didn’t know, he didn’t plan this. It’s like, what do you do? How do you respond? It sucks, but it puts it in perspective. What can I do now or today, or in the future to make sure I get it all in?”
Planned before his untimely death, Troy Gentry’s nephew, Dillon Carmichael, was scheduled to play Friday night at Austin City Saloon in what would turn out to be an unexpected tribute show.