Brad Paisley's Weekend Warrior Tour came through Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on a somber Sept. 9 afternoon following the sudden passing of Troy Gentry, half of the Grammy-nominated country duo Montgomery Gentry.
"It really tore me up. I started out with them, I mean our records came out within, I think, maybe one month of each other and our first singles, so we did all of these things together," Brad said of his connection with Montgomery Gentry. "[Troy] was full of life and he was really, just really fun.
The night prior in Charlotte, NC, Brad dedicated "When I Get Where I'm Going" to Troy and opening act Lindsay Ell said that "there was not a dry eye in the place" following the tribute that ended with Troy's photo smiling back at the amphitheater.
Speaking of the special relationship in the industry, Brad said that "[Country is] unlike any other type of music in that it's almost like therapy...country music really is family oriented," to which Dustin Lynch followed up with the special bond that he and Troy shared.
"Troy was a brother to me..He was such a kind and caring guy."
Brad also commented on the loss of Don Williams by telling the story of when he and wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, started dating, she "didn't know much about country music." So when he started acquainting her with the genre, Don Williams was the "legend she latched onto."
As Lindsay said, "The whole industry reacted," and our thoughts are with the families of Troy Gentry and Don Williams.
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