Montgomery Gentry fans are used to hearing Eddie Montgomery sing the lead vocals on most of the duo's tracks. But for their 2008 single "Roll with Me," Troy Gentry took on the role of lead vocalist, which earned him a great deal of praise from Eddie.
"I think it's the best performance I've ever heard from my brother over here," Eddie told Country Standard Time in 2008. "Emotionally, you can tell when he sings it, it's from the heart."
Apparently, country music fans agreed with Eddie, since the song ended up taking the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. The song was also a pop crossover hit, peaking at the 33rd spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the February 23, 2009 issue of Country Weekly magazine (now Nash Country Weekly), one of the song's co-writers, Tommy Karlas explained that he wrote the song when he couldn't sleep due to insomnia. Later he teamed up with Clint Daniels, who co-wrote the rest of the song along with him. It was then that Tommy decided to add the second verse to the song, after thinking about a high school friend who passed away.
The narrator of the song sings about how he feels like slowing down and taking the time to appreciate the world around him. "So now I'm slowing it down and I'm looking around," he sings, "And I'm lovin this town and I'm doing alright."
As the narrator reflects on a young man who passed away the winter before, he speaks about how precious each moment is, singing, "made me think how we all just have our time."
The music video for "Roll With Me" is a work of art itself, featuring stop motion animation. You can watch the music video below.
With such powerful lyrics and Montgomery Gentry's heartfelt performance of the song, it's really no surprise to us that it resonated so strongly with country fans.
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