Old Dominion Singer Matt Ramsey Chokes Up During Troy Gentry Tribute [Watch]
Old Dominion singer Matt Ramsey choked up onstage at a show on Friday night (Sept. 8), as the band paid musical tribute to Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry.
Gentry died on Friday in a helicopter crash before a scheduled Montgomery Gentry gig in New Jersey, and tributes to his life and music poured in from many country artists, who remembered him as a friend to everyone he met.
Old Dominion performed Montgomery Gentry's "My Town" during their live set Friday night, and in the clip above, Ramsey briefly struggles to maintain control of his voice when the crowd spontaneously starts singing along with him on the small town anthem. "My Town" reached No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when Montgomery Gentry released it as the lead single from their 2002 album of the same name.
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"Got a little choked up when the crowd started singing..but still," Ramsey writes to accompany a clip of the tribute on Old Dominion's Instagram, adding the hashtag #mytown.
Gentry died at the age of 50 when the helicopter he was riding in crashed, killing him and the pilot. Eddie Montgomery was not on board. 911 audio has surfaced that indicates the helicopter experienced mechanical distress for several minutes before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.
Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Jake Owen and more country singers shared their tributes to Gentry in social media posts.
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