Entertainment Weekly (5/4/01, p.71) - "...Conjures the spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and other '70s Southern rockers....contagiously hooky and hell-bound..." - Rating: B
Montgomery Gentry: Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry (vocals); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Brent Rowan, Chris Leuzinger (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar, dobro); Glen Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Steve Nathan (piano, organ, synthesizer); Gary Lunn (bass); Paul Leim (drums, percussion); Anthony Martin, Joe Scaife (background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Randy Sorrells (steel guitar); Larry Beaird (banjo); Eric Darken (percussion).
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
A pretty boy in a cowboy hat singing mushy ballads about undying love? That ain't country--at least, not according to Montgomery Gentry. On their second CD, CARRYING ON, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry continue their quest to inject some much-needed rowdiness into sanitized country music.
Following in the footsteps of Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr., Montgomery Gentry concern themselves primarily with two topics: hell-raising rednecks and their relationship problems, and down-home country boys struggling to survive in the modern world. It's to the duo's credit that they've found so many ways of looking at these tried and true themes--the lead track, "She Couldn't Change Me," is a clever twist on the old story about a woman who tries to change her man for the better. The CD's muscular, country-rock production is the perfect showcase for the duo's rough-hewn vocals, and Eddie Montgomery in particular is especially affecting on gems like "Cold One Comin' On" and "Hellbent on Saving Me." The duo's decision to cover the 1974 Waylon classic "Ramblin' Man" was a wise one--the song seems custom-made for them.