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 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 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 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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Few bands advertise themselves as a group which takes no prisoners, but that’s exactly what Gentry Blue does-- creating a passionate, raw sound involving hard rock meeting pure classic inspired psychedelic rock. Comprised of four misfits from all over the country who met in Nashville, Tennessee, Gentry Blue stays true to their roots as they seek to reflect the rock and roll aesthetics of this constantly changing world. Formed in late 2018, the band's mission is to write songs ranging from different relationships, the depths of space, and beyond using different tools at their disposal; powerhouse female vocals, electric violin, fuzzy guitar riffs reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s, and thoughtful lyrics. Gentry Blue is best described as a hybrid between Rush, Jefferson Airplane, and Lindsey Stirling.
"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
"...[Lydia Gentry's] tenor is quite remarkable – she can move along like Joplin, but has more emotional depth like Amy Lee or Lani Hall. I liked listening to her voice and falling down the rabbit hole of guessing her take on life... Gentry Blue has a way of making their music completely engrossing, a fullness in the overall sonic blend that is far superior to a computer programming sounds. It comes from their heart – and it shows" - Mark Druery (Indie Shark)
"'Familiar Ghosts' at times brings to mind the dark, ponderous sound of 90s grunge bands, and further exemplifies Gentry Blue’s creative songwriting skills as the track takes the listener on a journey complete with shifts in tempo, rhythm, and melody. The EP concludes with the riff-driven track “Downfall,” which features wonderfully intense electric violin and guitar solos. Pyrite and Steel is quite an enjoyable listen throughout, and I would highly recommend this great EP to fans of psychedelic- and progressive rock alike." - Trey Anastasio (Less than 1,000 Followers)
"'Pyrite and Steel', the new five-track EP from Gentry Blue is a masterclass in solid rock music foundation. Embellished with sultry tones, far-reaching guitar riffs, and a depth of musical arrangements, these songs cover a wide spectrum of themes. By the end of Pyrite and Steel, the universal emotions are stronger and make the listener feel that much more unstoppable. Nashville’s four-member rock outfit Gentry Blues’ canvass is like the Grand Canyon, big enough to fill the obvious Janis Joplin-influences into the same space as modern rock and their own spunk." - Indie Shark
"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