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Single Review: Montgomery Gentry – ‘Long Line of Losers’

montgomery_gentryDriving home late from work the other day, I heard a song on the radio and I was shocked — it sounded country! I heard some wonderful dobro work and what sounded like Montgomery Gentry, and I recognized it as their new single, “Long Line Of Losers”. Even further, I liked the song! Coming off their induction into the Opry, this single is one of their most country sounding singles yet.

Their last single, “One In Every Crowd,” was an annoying repeat song that I hated, so I was surprised to like this one. There have been a lot of singles about family misdeeds (“Family” by LeAnn Rimes, just to name one) and it can be difficult to make the idea sound fresh, but Montgomery Gentry pulls it off here. The anecdotes about their fictional family are amusing from the moonshining grandpa to the mom that was sleeping with the preacher. The narrator admits his family is messed up. Then he admits his family made him the way he is, and he sounds proud of it. It sounds good, with a good melody and lyrics that give a great sense of family pride.

Nobody’s family is perfect and while nobody has a family quite like this, it’s an easily relatable song that gives people pride in their own family’s imperfections. It’s also believable coming from Montgomery Gentry, even though the song was written and performed by Kevin Fowler for a while. This song is sure to be a hit, and for once it may deserve the success it gets.

Grade: B+

Written by: Kevin Fowler and Kim Tribble

Listen here at Last.fm.

9 responses to “Single Review: Montgomery Gentry – ‘Long Line of Losers’

  1. Razor X July 3, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I’m not a huge Montgomery Gentry fan but this song isn’t bad. Not great, but not bad either.

    • Chris July 3, 2009 at 11:34 am

      It’s much better than the mediocrity that I usually expect from them.

      I do like “Roll With Me” though, but only for the nice melody.

  2. Todd July 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    This version of the song is good but Kevin Fowler’s original version is great!!

  3. J.R. Journey July 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

    This is a fair review. You think more of the song than I do, but it is one of the better tunes from MG in the past few years.

  4. Wes July 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Yea, it sounds great, but the song is obviously meant to take place in Alabama. The dad spends half of his life in the montgomery Co. jail (implying that they lived there) and then he goes to say that his dad took a bullet in the arm DOWN in birmingham. Maybe the implications are off and geography is correct but it bothers me a little.

    Also this is yet another media that makes it look like a bunch of “losers” live in Alabama. Sure some do, but every place has its hillbillies, street trash, backwoods folks, and rednecks.

    Alabama may have been the capitol of the South, but it was also the birth place of the civil rights movement. Give a little credit back to the state song writer.

  5. Case July 20, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Wes the song takes place in Texas. Montgomery County is north of Houston around Conroe. Kevin Fowler released this song about a year ago. It was annoying in the bars in Texas then and it will be annoying now. Congrats on bringing up the civil rights movement while reviewing a song. . . I think. But before you try and drop some knowledge GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!

    Buy Texas Burn Nashville! Support Texas Music

  6. Steph August 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I “like” Montgomery Gentry, but they do this song no justice. The original version from Kevin Fowler is much more worth your while. No duo remaking any song out there can compare to a singer / songwriter with a distinctive voice that can genuinely tell a story that he made. KEVIN FOWLER still plays this song every time he performs and NEVER dissapoints. He deifintely deserves more credit for this one than Montgomery Gentry does. Support Texas Music!

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