Few musicians in the ’90s left as lasting an impact as John Michael Montgomery. His hits, including “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That,” and “Be My Baby Tonight,” topped the charts and solidified his status as one of the era’s most heartfelt voices. As ’90s country enjoys a resurgence, fans are rediscovering the gems in John Michael Montgomery’s catalog.
Montgomery, at 58 years old (set to turn 59 on January 20), has remained an active touring performer. Recently, he shared his plans for a farewell tour in a post on his official Facebook page, writing:
“I hope everyone enjoyed bringing in 2024, and may it be a wonderful one for all my friends out there. For me, it will be the start of my farewell tour as I have decided to wind down my touring career over this year and 2025.”
Reflecting on his exceptional career, Montgomery continued:
“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 it was 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.”
For those who haven’t seen John Michael Montgomery live, his performances are truly something special. With a somewhat whimsical Takamine guitar adorned with an American flag graphic, he closed his eyes, stopped strumming, and belted out classics like ‘I Could Love You Like That’ and ‘I Love The Way You Love Me.’ Moments like these could make anyone fall in love. Allowing this country music icon to fade from radio airplay is a disservice.”
In 2024, John Michael Montgomery is embarking on his final tour. While the full list of dates will be announced soon, you can find his currently scheduled performances below.
Let’s hope this isn’t the final chapter for John Michael Montgomery. With his string of hits and lasting influence, he certainly deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame conversation in the years to come.
Jan 26th – Dover, FL – Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
Mar 2nd – Nashville, IN – Brown County Music Center
April 5th – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino Event Center
April 7th – Del Rio, TX – Val Verde Fairgrounds
May 31st – Xenia, OH -Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oct 11th – Wichita, KS – TempleLive Wichita