Carrying On

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Feeling testosterone-deprived? Not to worry. Montgomery Gentry's Carrying On is a powerful manifesto for those who believe this is a man's, man's, man's world. With unrelenting fury, country's dynamic duo churn out a dozen tracks that assert the virtues of men living hard and on their own terms. This not-so-delicate macho philosophy is underscored by muscular guitar lines, bluesy baritone vocals, and a rock-solid rhythm section working hard to keep it all bolted down. The album-opening hard-country burner "She Couldn't Change Me" tells the tale of a good ol' boy who gets the last laugh when his gal finds out that the hip-hop life she dumps him for lacks the constancy and...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Feeling testosterone-deprived? Not to worry. Montgomery Gentry's Carrying On is a powerful manifesto for those who believe this is a man's, man's, man's world. With unrelenting fury, country's dynamic duo churn out a dozen tracks that assert the virtues of men living hard and on their own terms. This not-so-delicate macho philosophy is underscored by muscular guitar lines, bluesy baritone vocals, and a rock-solid rhythm section working hard to keep it all bolted down. The album-opening hard-country burner "She Couldn't Change Me" tells the tale of a good ol' boy who gets the last laugh when his gal finds out that the hip-hop life she dumps him for lacks the constancy and comfort of his simple country ways. In "My Father's Son," Eddie Montgomery and Troy Lee Gentry move into Mellencamp-style rock in celebrating the rewards of a nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic handed down by three generations of males in the family. Those who live hard also fall hard: "Cold One Comin' On," with echoes of the Allman Brothers in its wailing twin guitars, passes for a reflective moment in its contemplation of drinking to salve the wound left by a woman who walked out on the man who done her wrong. Primal and potent, Carrying On is country for carnivores.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On their second album, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry continue to resurrect the sound and persona of Southern rock and outlaw country performers like Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band. They may not have been much involved in the songwriting for this album, managing one co-writing credit each along with Kenny Beard on "Lucky to Be Here" and spreading the rest of the writing among no less than 23 other names, but that large staff knew to craft a collection of songs full of boastful Southern pride and not a little belligerence. For the most part, the sentiments never go too far, restricting themselves to playful bluster, though on one occasion the duo takes on an issue it might have been better advised to leave alone. That's when, in "Carrying On," they sing, "It ain't nobody's business what kind of flag I fly 'cause that's my right." Getting into the Confederate flag controversy may well attract attention to them, but not necessarily the kind they want. Southern clannishness is one thing, but the Klan is another. That's the exception, however, since Montgomery Gentry usually is careful only to put on the airs of rebelliousness without actually being offensive. Similarly, the music never turns into real barroom stomp or bluesy country-rock, skirting the edge of a hard sound but never boiling over. That's why the correct comparisons are to softer acts like Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker rather than real rowdies like Hank Williams, Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Next time around, the duo ought to try varying the message a little bit; all these songs about what he-men they are make it sound like they're trying to hard to be macho, especially when the music doesn't entirely back up the boasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886973607527
  • Catalog Number: 736075
  • Sales rank: 131,717

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Montgomery Gentry Primary Artist
Glen Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Eric Darken Percussion
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar, Electric Dobro
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums
Chris Leuzinger Electric Guitar
Gary Lunn Bass
Anthony Martin Background Vocals
Steve Nathan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
Joe Scaife Background Vocals
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Larry Beaird Banjo
Randy Sorrells Steel Guitar
Eddie Montgomery Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Anthony Martin Producer
Joe Scaife Producer
Jim Rushing Composer
Rollow Welch Art Direction
Hank Williams Mastering
Scooter Carusoe Composer
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