Everything We Know About Mongomery Gentry’s ‘Folks Like Us’
By the time it's released, the record will be MG's first in four years. And though, as you'll see below, Folks Like Us will delve into slightly new territory, at its core, it's the duo's classic sound.
"Every now and then, we might try to change things up — musically and stuff, or when someone from the record label or management wanted to do something different,” Gentry says. “It always has come back to us that our audience wants us to do what Montgomery Gentry does best — and that’s singing to the hard-core, patriotic, blue-collar workers out here that work hard.”
Here's everything we know about Montgomery Gentry's Folks Like Us.
The album's title is Folks Like Us, which is also the name of a blue-collar anthem on the project (the sixth song in the track listing).
The Release Date
The duo is planning to release the record on June 9, just in time to kick off the summer. This means that your summertime days and nights will be filled with the sounds of new Montgomery Gentry tunes.
Montgomery and Gentry are both featured in the album cover art. It's a sephia-toned photo, with some red hues as well, and both of the the guys sport serious expressions. A good old American flag provides the photo's background -- a fitting touch for the all-American country singers.
Written by Ash Bowers, Adam Craig and Neal Coty, the record's debut single and title track, "Folks Like Us," is classic Montgomery Gentry. Longtime fans will connect this song with the sounds of their 1999 Tattoos & Scars record -- and that's no accident.
“It’s what you might expect to hear out of Montgomery Gentry,” Gentry says of the tune. “It’s a song about American society and making ends meet. It’s about being patriotic and showing your faith and the love of family. It’s one of those blue-collar songs that we’ve been known for doing for so long.”
The Music Video
In late May, Montgomery Gentry released a music video for "Folks Like Us." The clip shows people enjoying everyday life in the United States while the duo sings outside by a campfire. It was directed by Stephen Shepherd and shot in Springfield, Tenn., just outside of Nashville.
Montgomery Gentry have already previewed several songs from the album: One of them, "Two Old Friends," was written by Tony Martin, Jessica McCall and Wendell Mobley, and it's a song that you'll want to sing with your closest pals, beers raised in the air. The song describes friends that “laugh 'til it hurts [about] stories they already heard a thousand times."
Another song from the record, "That's Just Living," is an anthem about living life to the fullest. It takes bumps and bruises in stride, and the lyrics will make you want to be a little braver and a little freer, ready to squeeze every drop out of life -- even when it hurts.
“I took a few stitches right there / One night when I caught a little air / Flying over those railroad tracks / Back tire hit the gravel, and I rolled it,” the duo sings. “But that’s that way it’s always been / I was out there runnin’ down a feeling / Hit a few bumps / Took a few falls / Get up and walk away like you want it.”
"Better for It" calls on the talents of Stapleton, Steele and Wiseman. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and the protagonist in this song realizes, after going through hardship, that he's "better for it": “Lot of been theres that I’ve been through / And a lot I won’t go back to / Baby, I ripped off the rearview, and I’m better for it."
Other songs MG have previewed for fans include “Back on a Dirt Road,” which features Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry; "Hillbilly Hippies," in which Montgomery Gentry sing about a place where their lady can go barefoot and everything's a little more chill ... and a little more trippy; and "In a Small Town," which reminisces about growing up in a small town. The latter track is quintessential Montgomery Gentry in every way, and after listening, you may want to leave the bright lights of the city and head back home.
Montgomery Gentry, Folks Like Us Track Listing:
1. “We Were Here”
3. “In a Small Town”
4. “Back on a Dirt Road” (feat. Chris Robertson / Black Stone Cherry)
5. “Two Old Friends”
6. “Folks Like Us”
8. “Hillbilly Hippies”
9. “Better for It”
10. “That’s Just Living”
Veteran producer Michael Knox produced this album. He has also produced records for artists like Jason Aldean and is familiar with MG after working with them before.
“He’s great. He actually did our last record with us, so we’ve had the pleasure of working with him before,” Gentry explains. “He’s great. He ‘gets’ Montgomery Gentry. He knows what we like to sing about. He’s great, and his session guys that he gets for us are phenomenal. [They are] a great band that come in, digs our stuff, knows what we’re looking for and makes it real easy and a lot of fun to go to work.”
The Record Label
MG’s latest project will be released on Blaster Records through RED Distribution. They signed with the label in early 2014.
"Eddie and I couldn’t be more excited to be on the Blaster roster. Signing with these guys was a no brainer for us when we saw the team they have to put around us," Gentry said at the time. "It’s a great bunch of people that we look forward to working with.”
Don't worry -- although this is new music, it won't be too far off the beaten path that MG has worked so hard to travel.
“Listening back through our older albums, I can definitely hear some growth and maturity in the new music, but Folks Like Us still feels like a Montgomery Gentry record,” Gentry says. “There are probably a few more introspective moments on the album, and front to back, this might just be our strongest record yet.”
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