Few bands advertise themselves as a group that takes no prisoners, but that’s exactly what Gentry Blue does-- creating a passionate, raw sound involving pure classic-inspired psychedelic and progressive rock. Comprised of Lydia Gentry on vocals and electric violin, Brendan DeBonis on guitar, Will Gibson on bass, and Kaleb Kinyon on drums, Gentry Blue stay true to their roots as they seek to reflect the rock and roll aesthetics of this constantly changing world.
Bringing their passion for music from the class to the stage, Gentry Blue, first called Gentry, was formed in late 2018 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. From there, the quartet began to build their psychedelic prog-rock sound in the vein of Rush, Jefferson Airplane, 90’s grunge, with electric violin thrown in for good measure. Part of their mission is to write songs with tactful instrumentals and catchy hooks, featuring topics ranging from analyzing different types of relationships, reflections on a confusing and violent world, to the depths of space and beyond.
In the spring of 2019, the combined band’s creative efforts led to their first single, “Downfall”. Following a name to change to Gentry Blue, the band released a follow-up single, “What Lies on the Other Side,” in July of 2020. Excited to share their unique sound, the band began to take every opportunity to play for eager audiences in the middle Tennessee area and other notable events, including the Big River Steampunk Festival, the Flatlands Music Festival, and the Fawkes Fest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Gentry Blue was not to be stopped by the pandemic. Throughout October 2020, the band recorded their first full-length EP, "Pyrite and Steel", with accompanying music videos for the songs "What Lies on the Other Side" and “Cutthroat” on the EP. The band cannot wait to unveil many surprises for the coming year, the first of which is their follow-up single “Tell Them I’m Insane”, released on May 12, 2022 and is available for listening now.
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Lead Vocals and Electric Violin
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Influences - Janis Joplin, Rush, Florence + the Machine, The Killers, Muse
Influences - Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin
Influences - Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Tool, Big Thief, Sade
Mt. Angel, Oregon
Influences - Phil Collins, Jeff Porcaro, Luke Holland, Steve Jordan, Taylor Hawkins