Montgomery Gentry, "Freedom" (Columbia Nashville)
Release Date: TBD
The title of Montgomery Gentry's seventh studio album reflects a mind-set that Troy Gentry says is "a little bit of everything for everybody," adding, "You've got some freshness to it, but then there's songs that will remind you of other projects we've done." Among those are a track with the working title "Shotgun Wedding," which Gentry says "sounds like a newer version of 'Hillbilly Shoes,' " the first of Montgomery Gentry's 17 top 20 country hits. The album's first single, "Oughta Be More Songs About That," came out in November and debuted at No. 59 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album is once again produced by Blake Chancey and was recorded in Nashville. Gentry says he and Eddie Montgomery "wrote a little bit more in this project than they did in the past," including a patriotic song called "Freedom Never Goes Out of Style" with Gary Hannan and Phil "Philbilly" O'Donnell. Neil Thrasher, Ira Dean, Rivers Rutherford and Tommy Karlas also wrote for the record, but no guests are planned.