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Gentry Blue (Lydia Gentry-DeBonis , Brendan Gentry-DeBonis , Sean Jannay , Royal Rose Photography )

With a bohemian spirit and a penchant for intelligent, deep songwriting, Gentry Blue has carved out a unique place in the music scene. Behind their unassuming exteriors lies a group of imaginative misfits who are passionate about their craft.  Led by electric violinist and vocalist, Lydia Gentry-DeBonis, they seamlessly blend elements of progressive rock and psychedelic grunge infused with catchy pop hooks, creating a dynamic musical experience.  The rest of the band comprises of multi-instrumentalists Brendan Gentry-DeBonis and Sean Jannay trading on guitar, bass, or drums depending on the recording and the performance.

 

Forming at Belmont University in 2018 under the name Gentry, the band drew from an eclectic range of influences to build their sound, from Rush and Jefferson Airplane, to Fleetwood Mac.  The result is an evolving sound that can be described as violin gothic rock with a touch of theatrics reminiscent of Muse and Ghost.  Since their formation, Gentry Blue has captivated audiences with their live performances, seizing every opportunity to showcase their talent. They have performed at various notable events, including the Big River Steampunk Festival, the Flatlands Music Festival, and Fawkes Fest, winning over listeners with their melodic and raw sound.

 

Despite the challenges of 2020, the band channeled their creativity and recorded their debut EP, "Pyrite and Steel".  To Gentry Blue, being made of pyrite and steel represents resilience in harsh times and a commitment to sharing their stories while offering support to others. The EP explores a range of themes, from reflecting on a confusing and violent world to delving into the depths of space and beyond.  In May 2022, they released the single "Tell Them I'm Insane," which was mixed and mastered by Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane, building on their unique sound and storytelling abilities, then the single "Collide" in December 2023, inspired by the sounds of space and progressive rock.

 

Currently, Gentry Blue is on tour while they are also hard at work writing their first full-length album.  With their unapologetic passion, dedication to intelligent songwriting, and their ability to push musical boundaries, Gentry Blue is poised to leave an indelible mark.

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"Some acts are pure of spirit, and this is one of them. Gentry Blue’s members cannot be faulted for their realness and belief in the power of music." - Music Connection Magazine

"...the US-based threesome transcends decades and generations with raw, fantastic, insatiable, undeniable music...

‘Lose No Sleep’ elegantly blends multi-instrumentalists Brendan Gentry-DeBonis and Sean Jannay’s crashing drums, searing guitars and bold bass in a haunting symphony. While ‘Lose No Sleep’ is filled with grit, ferocity and a grimy slap in the face, Lydia Gentry-DeBonis’ vocals slice in as a bittersweet stab of vulnerability with matter-of-fact acceptance of her fate. The melody is one to steal your heart, but it is the theme and lyricism that encapsulates the poignancy of its profound nature." - The Other Side Reviews

"Gentry Blue has delivered a masterclass in storytelling through intensely weaved music." - Sinusoidal Music

"Gentry Blue has you delving into darkness only to rise above it on the wings of intense guitars in their EP Pyrite and Steel. Each track has a different vibe but retains the intensity and enthralling magnetism that the band does so well." - The Other Side Reviews

"A retro glam rock synthesis that’s ever so engaging and annoyingly addictive." - Find No Enemy

"Memorable and charming from start to finish, “Lose No Sleep” is a stunning display of Gentry Blue’s stellar songwriting talent as well as their vocal and musicianship flair, bringing the composition to life in an engaging and energizing way. With their first full-length record coming later this year, Gentry Blue are sure to thrill listeners around the world with their exciting and highly original sound." - Plastic Magazine

"Lydia Gentry-DeBonis’ vocals present a commanding, dynamic engrossment throughout — rising seamlessly from the introspective lushness into the “put me away!” ardency. The “you thought I was crazy,” hooky unveiling is replay-inducing in its range from lush vocal reflections to punctuating guitar suaveness, firmly showcasing Gentry Blue as a band that can deftly balance dreamy intrigue and rock vigor. Gentry Blue thoroughly impress with this gem." - Obscure Sound

"Gentry Blue is a clear example of a new generation willing to keep the flame of classic rock and roll alive, and [they] execute this mission with a lot of respect, talent and potential of true rockstars, ready to fill festivals and hallucinate the public with their skillful solos of guitar. The band unites a lot of authenticity in being inspired by the classic past of the genre, without taking your eyes off the future, adapting the sound to the problematic and contemporary and current lyrics. The dedication that Gentry Blue puts into its well-designed instrumentals are a true musical catharsis that connects the past and present, demonstrating great potential, confidence, and versatility" - Rock n Bold

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