Watch Little Big Town Honor Troy Gentry With ‘My Town’
During their Friday (Sept. 15) and Saturday (Sept. 16) concerts at the Ryman Auditorium, Little Big Town took a few moments to pay tribute to Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter accident on Sept. 8. The country quartet performed a brief cover of Montgomery Gentry's "My Town;" readers can press play above to watch.
Little Big Town's "My Town" cover earned loud cheers of approval from their concert crowd; some sang along. During the Friday night show, LBT also included a cover of Don Williams' "I Believe in You;" the singer-songwriter also died on Sept. 8, at the age of 78.
The helicopter crash that killed Gentry took place in Medford, N.J.; he and duo partner Eddie Montgomery were scheduled to perform there that evening. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the crash, which expands upon initial reports that the helicopter pilot experienced mechanical issues prior to crashing.
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Gentry was removed from the helicopter crash wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash; crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck.
“Known for his wide smile, Gentry was personally driven by faith, family and living life to the fullest,” Gentry’s official obituary reads. “One of his favorite Bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, ‘Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.’”
A celebration of life event in Gentry’s honor took place on Thursday (Sept. 14); Little Big Town performed at the service. Montgomery Gentry recently finished a new album, so fans have been able to hear one of Gentry’s final songs, “Better Me,” in recent days.
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