It's been a good year for Eddie Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry, leaving plenty for the brother to John Michael Montgomery to celebrate as he turns 49 years old on Sept. 30.

First, it was a cancer-free year after a scary 2011. The group also landed their first Top 10 hit in over three years, and released an album that their most loyal fans are proud to own. After a rough stretch, Montgomery is back to being one of the rowdiest frontmen in country music.