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Eddie Montgomery (left) and Troy Gentry of the country duo Montgomery Gentry visit with GNASH and the Stanley Cup at a Franklin studio while recording the Predators' playoff theme.
On most days, Studio B at the Sound Kitchen in Franklin is just like any other music studio. With its well-equipped control room and acoustically treated walls, it resembles many similar spaces scattered throughout Music City. One thing set this particular studio apart from the rest on Thursday afternoon, though. Perched on a stool behind a boom microphone and a music stand, glistening in the light, was hockey's top prize--the Stanley Cup.
The hallowed trophy paid a visit to the studio while the country music duo Montgomery Gentry was recording new vocal tracks for their hit song "My Town." The infectious anthem is set to be the theme for the Predators' 2006 Stanley Cup Playoff run.
"On the radio we hear other artists having their songs used and recut for other commercials and ads, so it was very flattering for [the Predators] to come to us and ask us--Montgomery Gentry--to use our song 'My Town' for this event," said Troy Gentry, one half of the vocal duo.
Sporting Predators jerseys and caps, Gentry and bandmate Eddie Montgomery said they're excited about the Predators returning to the playoffs this season and that they plan to attend as many postseason home games as their hectic schedules will allow.
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Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery marvel at hockey's top prize, the Stanley Cup.
"It's very exciting for us," Gentry said. "There are a lot of great Predators fans. I've been able to attend a few of the games, and everybody gets stoked about the Preds. We're very flattered and honored to be a part of this and having the playoffs here in Nashville. Hopefully Eddie and I will be able to break away and go down and see a couple of the games."
In addition to re-recording Predators-specific lyrics for the new version of "My Town," the duo was also being filmed in the studio alongside the Cup and mascot GNASH for an accompanying music video that Predators fans will get glimpses of in the arena, during game broadcasts, and in Predators TV commercials.
Gentry, who moved to Nashville seven years ago, said he was originally introduced to hockey by way of a minor-league team in his native Kentucky. He's become more of a fan in recent years, as many of the staffers at the group's Sony Music Nashville record label are hockey enthusiasts. One is friends with a number of Predators and has introduced the duo to several team members over the years, Gentry said.
"Although I didn't grow up a big hockey nut, I know of the Stanley Cup and what it represents," Gentry said. "It's pretty humbling to be standing here beside such a great award and great trophy that has been shifted around for many years.
"There's a lot of talk about it here in Nashville," he added, gazing at the Cup. "Of course, obviously we're all supporting the Preds 100 percent. And hopefully this will come to our town."