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Distilling the Music

Amongst many attempts to describe The Whiskey Gentry, perhaps the best take was from Paste Magazine who called them a "toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass...with a punk-inspired kick drum." The Whiskey Gentry's catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates. Two albums in, both co-produced by John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo), they recently gained official recognition as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest. From local haunts to the Nashville music industry's elite, the band's burgeoning followers and supporters have quite literally set the stage for nationwide venues and air waves.

Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band's debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing. They have since expanded on both a physical and geographic level, becoming a septet comprised of Chesley Lowe on banjo, Sammy Griffin on bass, Price Cannon on drums, Michael Smith on mandolin, and Rurik Nunan on fiddle.

Their most recent album Holly Grove is another leap in the band's ongoing evolution on a musical and social scale. In early 2013, The Whiskey Gentry rallied fans to raise funds for studio sessions through a Kickstarter campaign, which ultimately far surpassed their goals and expectations. Local artists and established pros alike pitched in as well, creating a true ensemble effort on songs such as a duet with Butch Walker on "One Night in New York," and cameos throughout the album by Les Hall, the Dappled Grays, and Radiolucent. Mastered by Glenn Schick (Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers), Holly Grove infuses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and punk with a mix of poppy and poignant lyrics, fiery and heartfelt vocals, traditional and avant-garde sound, honesty, edginess, and entertainment all around.

Luring listeners in, capturing their ears, hearts, and minds, and blazing new trails in Americana music and beyond, The Whiskey Gentry is only just warming its heels. Hunter S. Thompson wrote that "the whiskey gentry" was "a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis." Though they are never lacking offers from fans for a shot of whiskey, their dreams are becoming reality, their identity is distinct, their future on a steady crescendo.

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Covers

Jackson - Johnny Cash
Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - Johnny Cash
American Girl - Tom Petty
Maggie Mae - Rod Stewart
To Be Young - Ryan Adams
A Kiss Before I Go - Ryan Adams
Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
Creep - Radiohead
Colly Davis - New Grass Revival
Pardon Me - The Cox Family
Hit Parade of Love - Jimmy Martin
Hwy 40 Blues - Ricky Skaggs
Sitting on Top of the World - Traditional
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
East Bound and Down - Jerry Reed
Africa - Toto
Jolene - Dolly Pardon
Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
Another Like You - Hayes Carll
Rocky Top - Traditional
Gospel Medley - Traditional
Fist City - Loretta Lynn
El Cumbanchero/Paint It Black - Traditional/The Rolling Stones
Daybreak in Dixie - Traditional
Seven-Year Ache - Roseanne Cash
Guitars, Whiskey, Guns, and Knives - The Steeldrivers
You Belong To Me - Patsy Cline
Wurlitzer Prize - Waylon Jennings
Sin City - Gram Parsons
How's The World Treating You - The Louvin Brothers
That Old Feeling - Allison Krauss
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
Emmylou - First Aid Kit
Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore - John Prine
In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine
Angel from Montgomery - John Prine
Far From Me - John Prine
Paradise - John Prine
(All I Have to Do Is) Dream - The Everly Brothers
Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
Wide River To Cross - Levon Helm
Lonesome LA Cowboy - Riders of the Purple Sage
Tear My Stillhouse Down - Gillian Welch
White House Blues - Traditional
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Down on the Ole Plank Road - The Chieftains
Nelly Cane - Hot Rize
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procal Harum
Lonesome L.A. Cowboy - Riders of the Purple Sage

Originals (all written by Lauren Staley/Jason Morrow or The Whiskey Gentry):

Cost of Loving You
Dime Short of a Dollar Bill
Preacher's Daughter
Eula Mae
Till It Breaks
Ode to Miss Eason
Such a Long Time Ago
Clarkesville
Alone on a Saturday Night
Mary
The Gentry
Comrade
Four Horsemen
I Ain't Nothing
Holly Grove
Dixie
Reno
One Night in New York
Oh Me
Particles
Brander’s Reel
Needle in the Sky
Everything Falls Apart

Whiskey Gentry
compilation