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 lead guitar, Sean Jannay on rhythm guitar, Will Gibson on bass, and Tin Vo 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 group 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 band’s creative efforts led to their first single, “Downfall”. Following a name change to Gentry Blue, the band released a follow-up single, “What Lies on the Other Side,” in July of 2020. The band thus 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.
Gentry Blue was not to be stopped by the pandemic. Throughout 2020, the band recorded their first EP, “Pyrite and Steel”, releasing in 2021. They followed up with the single “Tell Them I’m Insane” in May 2022, mixed and mastered by the Grammy-winning producer, Mitch Dane. Currently, Gentry Blue is touring the states and writing for their first album arriving in the fall of 2023.
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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
Influences - Steve Jordan, Nate Smith, Peter Erskine, Akira Jimbo
Rhythm Guitar / Utility
Influences - Meshuggah, Jeff Buckley, Porcupine Tree, Becca Stevens, Chick Corea