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Country star John Michael Montgomery's plate is filled with projects

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011

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John Michael Montgomery’s last album, “Time Flies,” came out three years ago. And while time has flown since, Montgomery certainly hasn’t been squandering it thanks to a heady bunch of plans for the near future.

The most exciting of the bunch is a recording project with his older brother, Eddie Montgomery of the duo Montgomery Gentry. The two plan to hit the studio “later this winter,” rekindling a creative collaboration from their youth, before the siblings hit big with their separate careers.

“We used to do a lot of Willie (Nelson) and Waylon (Jennings) stuff together — he’d do Willie and I’d do Waylon, stuff like that,” the younger Montgomery, 46, remembers. “We’ve been wanting to do something together for quite a while, but we’ve never really gotten together and done actual songs of our own together. So it’s going to be interesting to go in and find what we can come out with.

“We want to have fun with it more than anything. Before we were on different major labels, different booking agencies. Now all the red tape has disappeared, and the politics, too. I think it could turn out to be a pretty good album.”

The Montgomerys are also working on a book project, which will tell the story about being raised in a musical household and moved around quite a bit by parents who pursued jobs that would still let them play at nights and on weekends.

“It’s rare enough that one person gets an opportunity like that,” Montgomery says. “It’s even more rare that two people have something like that happen and, I think even rarer that two brothers actually have success like me and him have. We have a lot of really good stories, I can tell you that.”

He’ll be telling even more stories on a live album he plans to release this year, which will include a DVD documentary featuring him talking about the songs, “Storyteller”-style.

“I’m putting together little short stories about how each song came about and how it ended up in my lap or how I ended up writing it and stuff like that,” he says. “I give a little insider stuff that people probably don’t know. I think they’ll really enjoy hearing those stories.”

John Michael Montgomery and Lorrie Morgan perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $10-$32.50 pavilion and $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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