CMT Insider News Now - 6.1.09
Available exclusively from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the restaurant chain is donating a portion of proceeds from the CD sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. The 12-song CD includes Montgomery Gentry hits such as "My Town" and "Something to Be Proud Of" and four songs that have previously only seen limited release. It also features "Didn't I," Montgomery Gentry's contribution to the 2002 soundtrack to We Were Soldiers, a film set in the Vietnam War era and starring Mel Gibson.
In a CMT Insider report, Troy Gentry discussed why he and partner Eddie Montgomery were anxious to release the CD.
"It was kind of a timing thing," Gentry said. "We've been talking with Cracker Barrel about putting one of our projects into the store. ... When the Wounded Warrior Project came out, it was just a natural fit because of our love for the military. You hear a lot about the soldiers coming back and not really having anything for them when they get back as far as supplies. That's where it starts at, and we thought that's a great thing to get into.
"We talked to several soldiers who have come back from the hospitals from across the seas just draped in a towel and didn't have any provisions or anything when they got here. For what they've done and what they've gone through, it's kind of a shame. So what the Wounded Warrior Project is doing is giving those soldiers ... supplies and needs when they come back to the States. We just thought that was a great program and a great thing to attach ourselves to."
Gentry explained that the song selection on For Our Heroes comes from a variety of sources.
"It's a little bit of everything," he said. "You get to hear some music that's already been on previous albums. You get to hear some songs that are a tribute to our men and women in the service from [the Montgomery Gentry album] Tattoos and Scars to the soundtrack song we did, "Didn't I." And you're going to hear some stuff that hasn't been heard before."
The more obscure tracks had previously appeared as bonus tracks on exclusive editions of various CDs.
"It's a little bit of everything," Gentry said. "And something to keep it fresh instead of just putting a greatest hits package together."