Montgomery Gentry 'Proud' Of Best-Of

Montgomery Gentry, part of a wave of duos that has curried country music favor in recent years, has assembled a collection of hits spanning its brief history.

Montgomery Gentry, part of a wave of duos that has curried country music favor in recent years, has assembled a collection of hits spanning its brief history. Due Nov. 1 via Columbia, "Something To Be Proud Of: Best Of 1999-2005" pairs 12 familiar cuts with one new one, "She Don't Tell Me To."

"It feels like we just put out 'Hillbilly Shoes,'" Eddie Montgomery says, recalling the opening track of the pair's 1999 debut, "Tattoos & Scars," and first hit single. "I can't believe we've got a greatest hits album coming out. It absolutely blows my mind. And in a sense it feels like we're just now getting started."

"Hillbilly Shoes" peaked at No. 13 on the Hot County Songs chart in May 1999, becoming the first in a string of Montgomery Gentry hits. That streak continues with the compilation's title track, taken from last year's "You Do Your Thing," which advances 2-1 this week on the chart.

The set also features last year's No. 1, "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" and the 2001 No. 2 hit "She Couldn't Change Me." Also notable is the inclusion of "Didn't I," MG's contribution to the 2002 "We Were Soldiers" soundtrack, and a cover of Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From the Family," released as a holiday single in 2001.

Montgomery Gentry is in the midst of a U.S. tour that lands Friday (Sept. 30) in Omaha, Neb. The group has scattered dates into 2006, including an appearance at the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo in February.

Here is the "Something To Be Proud Of: Best of 1999-2005" track list:

"She Don't Tell Me To"
"Something To Be Proud Of"
"Gone"
"If You Ever Stop Loving Me"
"Hell Yeah"
"Speed"
"My Town"
"Didn't I"
"She Couldn't Change Me"
"Daddy Won't Sell the Farm"
"Lonely & Gone"
"Hillbilly Shoes"
"Merry Christmas From the Family"