John Michael Montgomery Announces Retirement: “I Have Decided To Wind Down My Touring Career”

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If you want to catch John Michael Montgomery in concert, sounds like this is your last chance.

The ’90s country legend known for hits like “I Swear,” “Life’s A Dance,” and of course “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” announced that he’s kicking off his farewell tour, which will run through 2025, and then he’s ready to hang it up and retire from the road.

In a Facebook post, Montgomery reflected on his 30+ year career, while thanking fans for their support over the years:

“It’s been a wonderful run for me from the beginning over 30 years ago in 1992 when my first song Life’s A Dance was released to radio I think either as a 45 vinyl or on a cassette tape, CDs had not quite taken over the market yet and the internet was still in its infancy.

It amazes me where it is today. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to be able to do what I love for so many years so please join me on my journey as I say goodbye to the road life.

And thanks so much for your support for the last 3 decades, it’s meant so much me.”

The 58-year old Kentucky native has just seven shows on his 2024 schedule so far, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he’s going to be announcing a full-fledged “Farewell Tour” or if he’s just slowly winding it down with the events he’s already got scheduled.

Montgomery has released 10 studio albums over his career, scoring seven #1 hits in the ’90s while being best known for ballads like “I Can Love You Like That” and “I Love The Way You Love Me.”

But as he’s gotten further from his radio success, it’s his uptempo “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” that’s been John Michael’s most enduring hit, becoming a fan favorite and a staple of classic ’90s country.

Montgomery is the brother of Eddie Montgomery, lead singer of Montgomery Gentry, and the father of country singer Walker Montgomery. He’s also the uncle to Dillon Carmichael, and the father-in-law of Travis Denning, who married Montgomery’s daughter Madison in 2023.

So if you’re hoping to catch John Michael Montgomery out on the road, better make it to a show soon – because it doesn’t sound like you’re going to have many more opportunities to hear “Grundy County Auction” live.

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