It has to be said from the outset: This is country that rocks. Singer Kari Lynch and her bandmates – guitarist Ryder Jones, acoustic guitarist Matthew Kok, bassist Jacob Meekhof and drummer Sam Briggs – already have established themselves as one of West Michigan’s most energetic and promising acts on the country music scene, and this three-song EP recorded at Mackinaw Harvest Music showcases all that they do so well: hook-filled songwriting, tight musicianship, dynamic guitar leads. Led by Lynch’s fiery vocals, the track “Sincerely Gone” should be a staple on country radio, period, and “Cyanide” pushes country to fresh places with delicious, funk-rock underpinnings.
With a new album, a new label and a renewed sense of musical purpose, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are poised to stake their claim as one of country music’s all-time greatest duos.
When the two Kentucky boys—Eddie, is from Lancaster and Troy is from Lexington—first busted onto the national scene in 1999 with the defiant “Hillbilly Shoes” notice was served—country music had never seen a hard driving duo like this. The duo’s new collection, the aptly titled Rebels On The Run, brings Montgomery Gentry fans back to the beginning, but with a fresh attitude.
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