Montgomery Gentry kicks off the 2016 Dodge County Fair with a concert at 8pm Wednesday, August 17th. Seating is first come, first serve. No advance single day tickets, reserved seating or VIP passes. FREE Parking and many other family friendly shows included with paid gate admission to the Fair.
[highlight]Concerts are FREE with paid Gate Admission of $7 before 2pm or $10 after 2pm. Age 9 and under FREE. Pay only $5.40 a day with purchase of a season pass, $27 before August 17th and $35 there after at the gate. Tickets will be available starting July 11th and can be purchased at most Dodge County Banks, Recheks Food Pride, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly or at the Fairgrounds Office.[/highlight]
Since breaking into the format in 1999, Montgomery Gentry has been a representative of the workingman, releasing blue-collar anthems for what Eddie calls, “the good, the bad, the ugly and the party on the weekend.” But the songs are about more than just factory workers who like to blow-off a little steam. They dig deeper. They’re about passion: for doing a good job, for working hard and playing harder, for being an honorable person, for loving your God, your country, your family and your life. Even on their newest album, FOLKS LIKE US, the song “That’s Just Living” embraces a life of passion.
“They may look like scars to you, some of my life’s best tattoos, the wear and tear, the black and blue, that’s just living. It goes to show you paid your dues, those you win and those you lose, all the way with no excuse, that’s just living.”
While “That’s Just Living” is about living hard, “Better For It” is more about loving hard, and for Troy, the
song is somewhat biographical. “It kind of still tells the story. I still struggle with some of the demons on the
road, with the partying; but I know at home, I’ve got someone that anchors me and keeps me humble and
keeps me down to earth and is there for me when I need it.”
“I’m still a rock and roller, there’s a devil on my shoulder, but every time I hold her, I’m better for it.”
And in between the living and loving hard, there are the songs that describe what they do best—odes to the country lifestyle like the title track, “Folks Like Us.”
“We’re scattered out on rural routes everywhere, from California to the Carolines. Flag-waving, Jesus praying, mama loving, don’t care, redneck, white shirt, blue jean kind… We’re dream-chasing, beer-drinking, raise ‘em up if you’re thinking this old world ain’t got enough boot wearing, God-fearing folks like us.”