On Friday, September 8, the country music world was devastated to learn of the passing of two country music greats, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.
Don Williams, known as the “Gentle Giant" of country music, had a 45+ year solo chart-topping career with hits like “We Should Be Together" and “You're My Best Friend." He will be remembered by his numerous accomplishments, including 17 no. 1 hits and his 2010 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, tragically passed away in a helicopter accident at the young age of 50. Gentry, a Kentucky native, began and ended his country music career with lifelong friend Eddie Montgomery. The two have been performing together ever since their 1999 debut album, Tattoos & Scars.
Artists throughout the country music community have expressed their condolences through various outlets. Many have posted to their social media accounts while others have performed in honor of the two musicians, and the lifetime they each spent dedicated to their craft.
Tim McGraw took to social media to post an emotional tribute to the two artists that acknowledged their impact on the country music community.
Fellow country star Dierks Bentley, mourned the loss of his friend Troy on Instagram with an old photo of the two on motorcycles.
Both Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion performed Williams' classic hit, “Tulsa Time" at respective shows just hours after the news of his passing broke.
Old Dominion went a step further and opened their show with Montgomery Gentry's hit, “My Town."
Funeral arrangements for Troy Gentry have been made public, and a celebration of the artist and his life is set for Thursday, September 14 at 11AM at the Grand Ole Opry House.