Country star Jason Aldean paid tribute to Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry with a cover of their song “Lonely and Gone” during his concert at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on Sept. 9. Aldean dedicated the performance to “T-Roy,” who he credited as a mentor while he was coming up in the music industry.
Aldean said they (Montgomery Gentry) “were always really cool to me coming up when I was a new artist. They took me under their wing and I really needed to hear that,” he says in the fan-filmed video, which you can watch above. Aldean went on to give a shout-out to Troy, saying, “One thing I always knew about Troy is that he loved a good time and he always had a smile on his face.”
Gentry, 50, died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey on Sept. 7. The helicopter ride was an “impromptu, spur of the moment” ride, according to a report from Federal Investigators on People Country. Montgomery Gentry had been scheduled to perform that night.
Montgomery Gentry's hits include “My Town,” Speed,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Back When Knew It All,” “Roll With Me” and “Where I Come From.” They were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.