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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 class

Montgomery Gentry were announced  as part of the 2015 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Class.
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductee class. An enthusiastic crowd awaited the announcement, which was conducted with Executive Director, Robert Lawson, as well as Halfway to Hazard.

Those to be inducted into the 2015 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Class include Montgomery Gentry, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys,  Larry Cordle, Clarence Spaulding, Pete Stamper, The Moonglows, and Doc Hopkins.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry got their start playing the honky tonks in central Kentucky. Both would explode into the country music scene with their hit song, "Hillbilly Shoes." The duo would gain hit singles over the years including "Where I Come From," "My Town," "Daddy Won't Sell the Farm," and "Speed," just to name a few. They continue to release new material and support Kentucky charities.

The Backstreet Boys received worldwide fame in the 1990s. They soared up the charts with hit songs "I Want It That Way," "Everybody," "Quit Playin' Games," and many more. Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell have given back to their communities in central Kentucky over the year and always said they are proud to call Kentucky home.
Larry Cordle has been well known in the bluegrass and country music industry. Fans will recognize his song, "Murder on Music Row," that was made a hit thanks to George Strait and Alan Jackson. His songs have appeared on albums that have sold over 55 million from Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and more. He is well respected in the music industry and continues to perform with his band, Lonesome Standard Time.
Clarence Spaulding has been in the music industry managing bands over the years. He opened up a club in Lexington, Kentucky, working with artists such as Ray Charles, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Frickie. He hired Exile as the house band and soon became their road manager when they became successful. He helped manage different acts including KT Oslin, Lorrie Morgan, Eddie Rabbitt, and Brooks & Dunn. These days he works with Jason Aldean, Terri Clark, Rascal Flatts, and Kix Brooks.
You cannot think of Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and Barn Dance without thinking of the legendary Pete Stamper. The Korean War veteran has been a member of the Renfro Valley entertainers since 1950. He was a part of Red Foley's "Ozark Jubilee" television show, the Grand Ole Opry, and the "Porter Wagoner Show." At one time, he served as road manager to Dolly Parton. He also worked with Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepherd and more. He wrote the book, "It All Happened In Renfro Valley," which is available for purchase.
The Moonglows were a well-known r&b and doo wop group in the 1950s and 1960s. The original lineup from Louisville included Bobby Lester, Harvey Fuqua, Alexander Graves, and Prentiss Barnes, with guitarist Billy Johnson. They were originally called the Crazy Sounds, but were renamed by disc jockey Alan Freed as the Moonglows. They were successful on the charts with hit songs "Sincerely," "Most of All," We Go Together," "See Saw," and "Ten Commandments of Love." Their songs have appeared in several movies. The group would disband in the 1960s, but their sound would remain as a piece of r&b and vocal group history.
Born at the turn of the century in 1900 in Harlan County, Doc Hopkins would be known for playing banjo and singing on WLS National Barn Dance and the WJJD Supertime Frolic. He helped form the Cumberland Ridge Runners. He would play at folk festivals in the 60s and appeared at the National Folk Festival in 1982 as the oldest performer that year. Not only did he sing the songs, but he knew the story behind the songs.
Fans of Kentucky music history can take part of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. It will be held at the Lexington Convention Center and always highlights the life and times of each performer. The last few years have been with sellout crowds with proceeds going back to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
Be sure to visit the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley. It is located less than a mile directly off of Exit 62 on I-75. The tremendous amount of work is reflected on the historical lesson one can get while looking through the exhibits. Check out


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:12

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Wife of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

1229807 10152406743102864 9187834517358168015 nAfter signing with Blaster Records this year, country super duo Montgomery Gentry released their new single “Headlights,” which is quickly climbing the radio and sales charts. The husbands and fathers to two daughters each wanted to do something special to honor the women in their lives. They launched the “Check Your Headlights” campaign with GhostTunes, benefitting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Opry members signed on to perform at the sixth annual Opry Goes Pink concert at the end of this month.

Days after setting these plans in motion, Troy suffered the worst possible scenario as his wife of fifteen years, Angie, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on September 24. The cause suddenly became that much more personal as they are now fighting the disease alongside the nearly quarter-million women newly diagnosed this year.

Troy Gentry posted the following statement this evening:

“As you know, we launched this “Check Your Headlights” campaign for breast cancer awareness in early October. What you didn’t know is that right before we launched, my beautiful Angie got a diagnosis from her doctor that has rocked our world a bit over the last few weeks. She has breast cancer - and we wanted you to hear it from us first. She is currently going through chemo treatments and her prognosis is very good. We’d love for you to keep her in your prayers over the next few months.  Many Thanks.”

Angie’s diagnosis currently has her undergoing chemotherapy treatments with a surgery planned in the spring. The doctors share that her prognosis is good and their family is rallying to support Angie and Troy during this very difficult time.  




Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:10

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Montgomery Gentry's Message to Female Fans: "Check Your Headlights"

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What do you get when you take one of country music's most successful duos, add a new hit song, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the female anatomy, and a philanthropic focus? Montgomery Gentry's "Check Your Headlights" bundle on new digital music service

The exclusive bundle includes the band's current hit single, "Headlights," plus a fun "Check Your Headlights" t-shirt for $19.99, including shipping. All profits from the campaign will be donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an American Cancer Society initiative.


"It was just a no-brainer to put this bundle together to help bring awareness and help raise some money for a great cause through the American Cancer Society," Troy Gentry said about the effort. "Being married and having two daughters, breast cancer is something that's always in the back of your mind."

The idea for the bundle came while the duo was in the studio with producer Michael Knox, working on their new album, due out early next year. "The song 'Headlights' automatically jumped out at us as a single," Gentry said. "We were sitting around the table and talking about the different things that come to mind when you hear the word 'headlights.' Someone said, 'Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This could be the perfect opportunity to put the song to use to raise awareness for a great cause.'"

The band approached new digital music service GhostTunes with the idea for the campaign at what turned out to be the perfect time. "We were already planning on launching our philanthropic program, although we didn't have it quite up and running yet," said GhostTunes CEO Randy Bernard. "We're honored to partner with Montgomery Gentry to introduce the 'GhostTunes GivesBack' philanthropic program that uses the power of music to make the world a better place."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 23:47

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