Dierks Bentley & Montgomery Gentry go head to head closing CUSA

It’s been a tough week for Oshkosh’s annual Country USA music festival. Hot, humid weather, on and off pouring rain. This would make anyone want to pack up and go home, but this, this is a country festival.

And what better than have the final day go as planned. A calm, cool night with clear skys and dry ground. Given it was a little chilly outside and a sweater might have been needed – rather unusual for Wisconsin summers – everyone was relieved to have something go right if they weren’t already excited for the final day, slated for a dual headliner setup.

“Jim Beam is in the house!” shouted vocalist Eddie Montgomery as he took the stage. Montgomery Gentry received a plethora of praise and crowd participation and they steamrolled through hits “My Town,” “Hell Yeah,” and many more.

Eddie Montgomery is more of the entertainer while Troy Gentry takes care of the majority of the vocals and lead guitar. Montgomery enjoys running around, stomping his feet, and twiriling his mic. “Hell Yeah, sounds good, cuz it’s a Montgomery Gentry song,” sang Troy Gentry.

“Gone” stood up as another impressive number, letting the crowd sing half a chorus on their own. As it ended, Eddie Montgomery slammed a mini saying, “First off, I never let anything cut into my drinking time,” prompting the crowd to raise their rather large drink cups.

Need I say Montgomery Gentry’s set was one big party? Or maybe that’s just all of Country USA.

Fun continued well into the night with Dierks Bentley. A prime party song, “5-1-5-0” was played very early on in the set, kind of revving the crowd up for some of his older tunes, though much of his music wasn’t as party oriented as Montgomery Gentry.

Faking out the crowd after “Am I The Only One” by coming a few inches from smashing his guitar was a little nerve wracking, but you know everyone wanted to see it. I guess that’s saved for rock shows.

A mere 14 song setlist cut the show rather short, especially for a headliner, but for the most part it was filled with songs everyone knew.

Dierks Bentley

Am I The Only One – Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go) – 5-1-5-0 – Every Mile A Memory – Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do – Feel That Fire – Tip It On Back – Up On The Ridge – Bourbon in Kentucky – Come A Little Closer – I Hold On – What Was I Thinkin’ – Sideways – Home

Montgomery Gentry


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