Hailing from Atlanta, The Whiskey Gentry has been described as a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum” by Paste Magazine.
Initially formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band’s 2011 debut, Please Make Welcome, garnered critical acclaim, with “Cost of Loving You” selected as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest.
With cameos from Butch Walker, Les Hall, and The Dappled Grays, 2013’s Holly Grove infused elements of country, bluegrass, rock and punk with poignant lyrics and fiery, heartfelt vocals, and peaked at #16 on the Americana Radio Chart.
Live from Georgia arrived in 2014, capturing the raw energy and powerful stage presence fans have come to expect from performances. Recording for a new release, entitled Dead Ringer, began at Echo Mountain Studio in October 2015, with the lineup including Sammy Griffin, Chesley Lowe, Michael Smith, Rurik Nunan, and Carlton Owens.
Hunter S. Thompson wrote that “the whiskey gentry” was “a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis.” While the band does enjoy a good pour, their dreams are becoming reality, their identity is distinct, and the future looks bright.