gentry blue lydia gentry brendan debonis will gibson aidan cunningham

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You press play, and the song starts. You are immediately caught by the smooth but crunchy, pure 70’s guitar tone launching into an ear-grabbing guitar riff. Complimenting the guitar are the powerhouse vocals reminiscent of Heart’s Ann Wilson. This is all brought together by the tight rhythm section of bass and drums. The guitar solo begins, but you are taken aback by the soloing interplay between an electric violin and guitar, both shredding on equal grounds. Such is the musical experience of listening to the band Gentry Blue. Aforementioned powerhouse vocalist/violinist Lydia Gentry and guitar extraordinaire Brendan Debonis form one half of Nashville, Tennessee’s Gentry Blue. Playing an A-game in rhythm are bassist Will Gibson and drummer Aidan Cunningham. Bringing their passion for music from the class to the stage, Gentry Blue, first called called Gentry, was formed in late 2018 at Belmont University. From there, the quartet began to build their psychedelic prog-rock sound in the vein of Rush, Jefferson Airplane, 90’s grunge, and with electric violin thrown in for good measure.     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 at notable events, including the Big River Steampunk Festival, the Flatlands Music Festival, and the Fawkes Fest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. At each event, waves of audiences simultaneously threw up their rock devil horns to pay homage to the wall of sound coming from the stage.     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. Be sure to catch the full-length EP on Spotify and Bandcamp, and follow Gentry Blue on their website and Instagram to stay updated on announcements and news from the band. The band has many exciting projects in the works, but to hold you over until then, be sure to also check out their YouTube channel. The next time you hear a Rush song come on the radio, you’ll be disappointed with the lack of electric violin.

Short Bio -

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.

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"Gentry Blue explores losing your true purpose and your identity in the nuanced single ‘What Lies on the Other Side’. The single uses a combination of melodic elements from pulsing melodies to nuanced vocals. Each element adds something to the song and they meld together for an intense sonic experience." - The Other Side Reviews

"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

"...[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)

"Gentry Blue will steal the show with one of the best live shows in the Middle Tennessee area. We will have them back anytime they want to play." - GSM Productions

"'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