Eddie Montgomery released a new Montgomery song following the emotional memorial service held of Troy Gentry on Sept. 14, according to People Country. The song, “Better Me,” was played at the end of the memorial service, which was held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.
Gentry, 50, died after a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Sept. 8. The memorial service for Gentry, one-half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, was attended by 1,500 family members and friends of the star. Little Big Town opened the memorial service with a rendition of “The National Anthem. Musical tributes to Gentry included “My Old Kentucky Home,” by Highway to Hazard; “Whenever You Come Around” by Vince Gill; the hymn “How Great Thou Art” by Charlie Daniels; and “Wayfaring Stranger” by Trace Adkins, according to The Tennessean.
“One of the most frustrating things is that that is the best Troy we had ever seen,” stated Dr. Michael Glenn of Brentwood Baptist Church. He continued, “His music was better, his songwriting was better.”
Gentry’s friend Storme Warren also said that Gentry was becoming a better person, stating, “What he wanted to do was get better.” Gentry wanted to get better at loving people, loving his family, entertaining his fans, and at being a friend.
Montgomery Gentry had planned to release a new album celebrating their 20th anniversary as a duo in 2018. The song “Better Man” would have been included in the album. The fate of the album is unknown, according to Rolling Stone, but the song is available on the record label Average Joes Entertainment.
The song’s lyrics include: “I might cuss and fight, tell a few lies / Break a few rules making promises I can’t keep / But I’ve turned a page on wilder days / I’m writing all this down hoping you’ll see / I ain’t saying I’m perfect, but I’m working on a better me.” You can listen to the song in the attached audio.