Getting back to basics is the idea for Montgomery Gentry's next album, which is tentatively due out in early 2008 via Columbia, according to group member Troy Gentry.

Getting back to basics is the idea for Montgomery Gentry's next album, which is tentatively due out in early 2008 via Columbia, according to group member Troy Gentry.

He says the group is likely to keep "the vibe of [2006's] 'Some People Change' but we've been hearing from a lot of fans -- they want some more raucous kind of stuff out of us. Some of the in-your-face, hard rock kind of stuff. So we're going to bring in some of the older Montgomery Gentry style back into the music, as far as twin lead guitars and hard-driving kind of sounds that we had in the past."

The 40-year-old Kentucky native admits "Some People Change" represented a more mature Montgomery Gentry, with the twosome's religious and political beliefs bleeding into the mix. Even though the CD did produce the hit country singles "Some People Change" and "Lucky Man," Gentry is looking forward to taking a step back with the next project.

"Blake Chancy, who produced the 'My Town' record, is coming back to produce this new album, which we'll probably start sometime in the middle of fall," Gentry says. "There are a couple of songs that we're really digging on right now that we've been performing during sound check, kind of testing it on the other acts we play with or whoever is around and listening.

So far, the Clint Ingersoll co-penned "Modern Day Jessie James" has the duo excited about the upcoming project. "It has some really cool twists and turns," Gentry said. "What it talks about is definitely Montgomery Gentry. When you hear it, you'll know the song was meant for us."

Also in the works for Montgomery Gentry, which performs Thursday in Chula Vista, Calif., is a possible concert DVD. The act hopes USO performances scheduled in Iraq for later this year will form the basis of the film.