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"Don't give up hope, some people change." While those lyrics come from Montgomery Gentry's 2006 top country 10 single, "Some People Change," they could easily apply to the way in which the veteran duo"Don't give up hope, some people change." While those lyrics come from Montgomery Gentry's 2006 top country 10 single, "Some People Change," they could easily apply to the way in which the veteran duo is looking at its career these days.
Looking to shake things up, the duo, which has scored a dozen top 10 singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart including three No. 1s, decided to track its new set at Memphis' Ardent studios, where Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King have recorded. The result, the Blake Chancey-produced "Back When I Knew It All," is due this week via Columbia Nashville.
Songs like the Dennis Linde-penned "The Big Revival," which includes the lyrics "praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead," strikes home for Eddie Montgomery, who says that despite his Christian beliefs, some things can be taken too far. "I hope nobody takes offense, but somebody brings a copperhead up to my ass, I'm chopping it's damn head off," he says with a laugh.
The set also includes "I Pick My Parties," which features Toby Keith, with whom the duo will tour this summer. "Hopefully it'll be a song that we'll all get together and do out on tour," Gentry says. "With Eddie and I both getting older, that song just makes so much sense."