Country singer John Michael Montgomery will be bringing about 25 years of hits including "I Can Love You Like That" and "I Love the Way You Love Me" with him when he hits the Island View Casino in Gulfport at 8 Saturday night.
"Man, I love that area of the country," Montgomery said in a phone interview with the Sun Herald. "I love the Gulf Coast. It's always one of my favorite places to visit."
Montgomery has been performing since he was child. The son of two musicians, he said he developed a passion for singing at an early age.
"My mom was a drummer, and she sang and my dad was a guitar player and he sang and my brother, Eddie, is in Montgomery Gentry," he said. "They drug us around and put us on stage. We've been doing this singing thing since we were kids. I told Eddie the other day, 'Who thought we would still be doing it today -- we've been able to dodge the real job for this long.'"
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Although Montgomery doesn't play as many shows as he once he did, he said his new touring schedule allows him to spend more time with his family.
"My love is to get on stage and sing in front of people," he said. "I've always been a guy that's enjoyed going to different places and seeing different things. Nowadays, I'm kind of a weekend warrior; I try to be home a few days a week. I like to be able to come home and hang out with my kids."
Montgomery said he loves connecting with his fans on tour, but there's another reason he likes to hit the road, and that is the game of golf.
"I've been fortunate to play golf all over the country," he said. "Golf is the most unique game in the world. When you are playing it, you don't think about anything else but hitting that little white ball. You'll forget about all of your stresses because you will be stressing your butt off trying to get that little ball in the hole."
Back into the studio?
In between tour dates, Montgomery said, he plans to get back in the studio this year and he hopes to bring some special guests with him.
"I'm going to record my greatest hits, and I'm hoping to get some people to sing with me on some of my songs," he said. "I'm hoping I can get Hank Williams Jr. to do one with me and maybe even Kelly Clarkson on 'I Love the Way You Love Me.' I also want to do a song with Eddie. We're hoping we can make that happen."