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John Michael Mongomery plays The Ranch at Fort Myers

Take a song you like and play it on your car stereo. Then do it again. And again.
In fact, listen to that song every day for three weeks straight.
Still like it? Then you might have something special on your hands. You might have a hit.
That’s how country crooner John Michael Montgomery does it. And he knows what he’s talking about. The Kentucky native has racked up a whopping 15 No. 1 country hits in his two-decade recording career.
Before those songs got recorded, though, they had to pass the truck test.
“I would drive around in my truck with my CD player, just sitting there and wearing it out,” says Montgomery, 50, calling from his tour bus somewhere on the road to a Missouri concert. “That’s how I got to know all of my songs. I’d just spend some time with ‘em.
“And if the song started to wear on me in three weeks, I’d probably cut it. If I could listen to it for three weeks and not get tired of it, then fans might like it, too.”
The fans, no doubt, will be hollering for many of those hits Saturday when the country star plays The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon. Songs such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “The Little Girl,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and many more.
“They’re the ones that people always yell, ‘You gonna play that song, ain’t you?’” Montgomery says. “I always do those.
“If I didn’t do ‘Sold’ and ‘I Swear,’ everybody would want their money back.”
Everybody loves “Sold,” in particular, he says. “It seems like they’re just waiting to hear that.”
Montgomery says he spent weeks driving around with that uptempo song written byRichard Fagan and Robb Royer. He’d sing along to the demo in his truck and try to perfect the narrator’s auctioneer-style voice.
“No doubt about it: When I first got that song, I was like, ‘I hope I can pull it off!’” he says. “But it’s a fun song to sing.”
Others apparently agree with him. “Sold” is a popular choice for karaoke singers across the country.
It’s not an easy song to do right, though. Montgomery says he’s seen a few people attempt to sing it in karaoke bars — and fail miserably.
“It’s hilarious, you know?” he says. “It’s always fun to watch somebody attempt to sing some of your songs on a karaoke stage.
“I think most of them that I heard were pretty bad, actually (laughs)!”
Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells (News-Press)
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Who: John Michael Montgomery
When: Music starts at 9 p.m. Saturday with opening act Chasing Dallas Band. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Tickets: $23 in advance, $28 at the door. The show is only open to ages 21 and older.
Info: 985-9839 or
Montgomery talked about more than just “Sold” during his News-Press interview. Here’s what the country star had to say about:
His love of Lionel Richie love songs such as “Three Times a Lady,” a huge influence on his own ballads.
“I used to wear his albums out — cassette tapes, I should say,” he says. “His songs, like with a lot of people, really stuck with me.”
Shooting the video for “I Love the Way You Love Me” in Fort Myers’ FloridaRepertory Theatre in the early 1990s. He was on tour and needed a convenient place to shoot the video.
“It was a beautiful place,” he says. “It was definitely a cool place to do the video.”
How his style of country balladry doesn’t get played much on the radio anymore.
“I think ballads are looked at like, ‘That’s kind of a downer,’” he says.
Montgomery had never heard the term “bro country,” but he admits he’s not cut out for that new brand of party-hearty country music.
“I had my heyday back in the, like, 1900s,” he says and laughs. “If I tried to do what they do today, I don’t think I’d be able to pull it off. It’s just not my style.”

John Michael Montgomery "Kickin' It Up"

John Michael Montgomery sat astride a tall horse, riding high in the saddle, during the mid-’90s. This was in part thanks to his debut album, Kickin’ It Up, which contained the big hit “I Swear.” He had 15 No. 1 singles and racked up sales of 16 million records with that song and other hits like, “Life’s A Dance,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “I Can Love You Like That.”

Up to that time, he paid his dues of playing bars and juke joints in Kentucky as a solo act, or with his brother Eddie Montgomery and his friend Teddy Gentry(who later made their own name in country as Montgomery Gentry). So he was ready to soak up some well-deserved glory…and a little bit of scratch.

But fate stepped in and he lost his voice to the point that surgery was required and two years lost. That hiatus cost him. The music business doesn’t stand still for anyone. But he persevered and climbed the mountain a second time to realize heights in 1996, with “Friends” from What I Do The Best; “Cover You in Kisses” and “Hold on to Me” from his 1998 Leave a Mark album; and “Home to You” from the self-titled 1999 release. His 2003 duet with Alison Kraus on the single “The Little Girl” set the stage for his successful 2004 album Letters From Home.

To read more about John Michael's take on some of his favorite songs and what he is up to now click HERE

John Michael Montgomery captivates at Camp Courtney

John Michael Montgomery and his bandmates performed in front of service members and local Okinawa residents at the 21st annual Camp Courtney Christmas and Holiday Festival hosted by Marine Corps Community Services Dec. 7 at Camp Courtney. The festival incorporated a variety of games, carnival rides and food. There were performances by popular artists such as Montgomery and Colbie Caillat, local musicians such as the Ninu-fa Daiko and Ti-da Daiko, two performers dressed as lion mascots, and “ouka” – taiko drum performers. The event was open to the public and all service members, fostering an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the holidays. An event like this strengthened the relationship between service members and the Okinawa residents, fostering community fellowship, and bolstering the mission of the Marine Corps.

Click here to read more about John Michael's performance in Okinawa, Japan! 

Montgomery Brothers Host 2nd Annual Charity Golf Event - 2014 event benefits “Warriors For Freedom”

The Montgomery Brothers, John Michael and Eddie, are joining forces to raise money for Warriors for Freedom.  The golf tournament will be held at Old Bridge Country Club in Danville on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Special Guests include Troy Gentry, of Montgomery-Gentry, Dakota Myer, Medal of Honor recipient and Major Ed Pulido(Ret.) with Warriors for Freedom.

John Michael Montgomery has recorded over 15 number one singles, 18 top 10’s and 2 singles of the year. His songs include the Vet favorite “Letters from Home.” He lives in Jessamine County and continues to record and tour.

Eddie Montgomery, along with partner Troy Gentry, have been named AMA New Artist and CMA Duo of the Year. Montgomery-Gentry is a strong supporter of the USO, Armed Forces, their Families.

Kentucky native Troy Gentry, the other half of Montgomery-Gentry will be on hand for golf and the jam session after.

The Warriors for Freedom Foundation provides support thru healing outdoor activities, scholarships mental health awareness.  Learn more at

For more information or to schedule interviews regarding this event, contact Susie at 859-338-7102 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

John Michael Montgomery Requests a Photo With Scotty McCreery at Countryfest

Scotty McCreery proved that he’s earned the respect of young fans, older fans and even superstar fans at Countryfest 2014. After all, John Michael Montgomery did request a picture with the 20-year-old — and not many young singers can add that to their claim to fame!

Watch the Video HERE.

Top 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s

John Michael Montgomery's 1992 hit "Life's a Dance" ranked in at No. 9 on the Houston Press "Top 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s."

Life's a Dance "is just about the cutest, most pseudo-lovelorn song around. His anecdotal advice about not missing your chance to make a move (on a cute girl in school, no less) is right out of the country-music's heartwarming and we like it!"

The Top 10 includes songs by country music legends such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Martina McBride.

Read the full article from Houston Press here!

JMM Named Best Selling Artist from Kentucky

John Michael Montgomery, born in Danville and residing in Nicholasville, KY, has been named the Best Selling Artist from Kentucky.  This honor is all thanks to his dedicated group of fans who have supported him and his music throughout his career!

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Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill on the songs that shaped him

Entertainment Weekly sat down with King's of Leon frontman Caleb Followill recently, and they discussed the music that has helped shape his career.  Some of those artisis include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Whitney Houston, and even our very own John Michael Montgomery!


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John Michael Montgomery Not Your Average Dad

Here's an article written about John Michael from the Aberdeen, SD news.  This article sheds some light on John Michael's family, tour, and some of his plans for the future.


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John Michael Montgomery Country-Fest 2013 Update

Country-Fest Fans,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will not be a JMM Country-Fest in 2013.  Plans are currently underway for a bigger, better event in 2014. Please continue checking back here for more information. Look forward to seeing you in 2014!

-JMM Country-Fest Team

John and Eddie Montgomery to Work on Album

John Michael and his younger brother Eddie Montgomery are making plans to head to the studio "later on this winter" and possible prepare a new album by next year. 

See full article HERE.

John Michael Montgomery at CMA Music Festival 2011

scaled_e1308606339Nashville, TN –   Fresh from his induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, country music superstar John Michael Montgomery stopped by the GAC booth to sign autographs for some very happy fans during CMA Music Festival.


John Michael/Montgomery Gentry at Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry Concert1John Michael Montgomery will be playing at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday Night, April 29! Also scheduled is Montgomery Gentry... How much fun is that going to be. Tune in!!!

John Michael’s KY Music Hall of Fame Induction

KY-Music-H-of-Fame-rgbJohn Michael Montgomery - One of the 2011 Class of inductees into the KY Music Hall of Fame.

With a musical career that spans twelve albums and a greatest hits package, John Michael Montgomery’s overwhelming contribution to the country music format includes hits such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Life’s A Dance,” among many others. He’s earned 15 number one singles, sold over 15 million albums and received numerous industry and fan-voted awards, including three Grammy nominations, three CMA Awards, five ACM Awards and an American Music Award.
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