Montgomery Gentry are back in a big way with their first album on Average Joe’s Entertainment. The duo released “Rebels On The Run” this week, their first album in almost more than three years by the duo. They’ve returned with an edge, back with music like the good old days of Montgomery Gentry: and it works. We received an advanced copy of the album and it hasn’t left my truck since. It’s that good. Country music is about to finally have a challenge for Sugarland for all the duo awards next year. The record is full of everything that made the group who they were and fans of Troy and Eddie are sure to be happy with the new work. It’s hillbilly rock at its finest – it’s all bite with no filler.
“Rebels On The Run” is packed with potential singles, and all of which are some of the best music the duo has released for three albums. Leaving their old label for artistic differences may have been the smartest thing they’ve done in their careers together.
The album opens up with “Damn Right I Am,” another Southern Rock tinged track by the duo on small town pride. It opens up with a line about his brother shooting a man who broke into the house late at night, and they don’t apologize for it. The small town pride is a topic they’re passionate about, which takes up most of the album, but the pair packs a punch on the song. It’s a perfect way to start off the album, which should be huge for the group. It’s an upbeat, fist pumping, sure to be crowd favorite from the album.
“Ain’t No Law Against That” is the second track on the album that keeps the fast pace going. It’s their version of a party song, where they aren’t afraid about bending a few rules to have a little fun. It’s a potential single for the duo, who have found their own way to get the fans out on a weekend with this one. It’s a fun little track that comes off as serious with the guitars, but if you actually listen to the lyrics: it’s all about having fun!
“Where I Come From,” the lead-off single from the album, perfectly showcases the sound the duo brought back. A song about being proud of small towns but with a Southern Rock bite. While it’s the tried-and-true theme on just about every country music album these days on country boys vs city boys, it doesn’t feel like the same repeated theme. It’s a rocker and a big way for the duo to announce their return. The single celebrates being tough while still being proud of your background.
“Empty” is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and one of the rare slower ones. It’s a song about a man’s loneliness, but it doesn’t get sappy. Montgomery Gentry would never let a thing like that happen on one of their records. It has single potential, and it’s a pretty song where the man compares his life to his empty house. It’s a repeat-kind-of-song that reminds me a lot of something Darius Rucker would release.
“Rebels On The Run” is an album that Montgomery Gentry should be proud of. They’ve come back with a bang and a solid album that is a must-have for any Montgomery Gentry fan, or any country music fan that likes the Southern Rock mixed songs. They should be giving Sugarland a run for their money for all the duo awards the next year. If “Rebels On The Run” is any sign of what’s to come for the boys on Average Joe’s Entertainment, then the decision to part ways with their former label may very well be one of the smartest moves of Eddie and Troy’s careers.
“Rebels On The Run” is available everywhere now.
DOWNLOAD: Where I Come From, Ain’t No Law Against that, Empty.
RATING: 8 out of 10