At first glance, Carl Gentry resembles an adult version of the all-American boy-next-door.  In fact, early in his musical career, a customer in a biker bar told Carl, "You're an out of this world guitarist. But kid, you look like the paperboy!"

That hasn't changed much. But make no mistake. This wholesome family man can rock 'n' roll with the best of them.

Carl Gentry Chris onRiver Growing up, the native New Jerseyan lived down the street from rock royalty, Steven Van Zandt.  Carl's dream of becoming a successful musician was fueled, in part, when limos would pull up to Little Steven's house to whisk the rock star to stadium and arena gigs with Springsteen. Carl's family also encouraged a love for music, with his father taking him to the symphony and his mom enrolling him in formal piano lessons. Along the way, Carl also learned guitar and trumpet, and, as a teen, he led bands that triumphed in Battle of the Bands competitions.

Carl's family, however, cautioned him about making music his primary career. Fortunately, he was also passionate about writing, mentoring kids and "giving back" to society -- all of which drove him to obtain a bachelor's degree in English education. But he never gave up on music. While at the University of Delaware, he formed the classic rock-infused band, Double Standard. The band played the Deer Park Tavern, famous as the proving ground for guitar great George Thorogood.

Carl Gentry Chris onRiver 427x374Carl returned to his Jersey roots after college and performed in several cover bands at some of rock's most noted venues, such as The Tradewinds, Jenkinsons, The Stone Pony and The Bitter End. At the same time, Carl participated in original music showcases for record executives at Columbia and other labels.

Carl took a hiatus from music in his late 20s and early 30s to get his master's degree, but he came back swinging.  He re-emerged as a solo artist, and sometimes performed in a duo. 

In 2005, he released a self-titled CD of original music. At the encouragement of musician and restaurateur Tim McLoone, Carl formed the Carl Gentry Band in 2010. With this career step, Carl's musical journey had come full circle, now leading a group of musicians as he had done with the bands he organized in his teen years.

The Carl Gentry Band has built a loyal following for its high energy shows that include an inspired mix of instantly recognizable classic and party rock hits, as well as some of Carl's own songs. The playlist is a window to Carl's musical influences:  The Beatles, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, and many others. 

carl gentry BBCarl performs with Jon Bon Jovi and Friends, Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia as well as Jersey Shore legend and world-class musician, Bob Bandiera. He was also tapped to play with Dead On Live, a critically-acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute band. And when Carl's not in front of an audience, he continues to write music for a second CD.

Carl's passion for his craft, superb musicianship and exuberant performance style are taking his music career to the next level. And even as his musical career is taking off, Carl finds time to perform in his church group, a tradition that started when he was a teenager. In addition, he donates his talents to Holiday Express, a non-profit organization that delivers music, food, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness.

Who says nice guys finish last?


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    Sometimes on my bike rides I pinch myself that this is where we live...
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    Tonight Saturday October 10th, Carl Gentry Acoustic Solo at Tim McLoone's Supper Club 7pm. Reservations: https://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/reservations.php Photo credit: John Posada
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    It's a Fri-Sat-Sun triple-header for me this weekend. Join me if you're looking to get out, hear my music and enjoy: Carl Gentry Solo at Beach Tavern- Fri. 10-09-20 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Carl Gentry Solo at Tim McLoone's Supper Club- Sat. 10-10-20 7:00 pm -10:00 pm Limited indoor seating due to 25% capacity. Reservations: https://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/reservations.php Carl Gentry Solo The Sandbox at Seastreak Beach- Sun. 10-11-20 4:00 pm -7:00 pm A Casual Beach Bar With Stunning Views, Awesome Cocktails, & Delicious Food
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    Sunday Oct. 4th...Join me for my last sunset cruise of 2020 aboard The Navesink Queen. Tickets: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/classicboatrides/items/20810/availability/373550628/book/?full-items=yes
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    Concert in Red Bank with The Haven on 10/3. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-haven-with-special-guest-carl-gentry-tickets-120214828789?aff=ebdssbeac
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    I am performing at We RockStock, a virtual benefit concert on 10/3 at 6:30pm for We Rock Cancer, at which you can hear my story and a song. Tickets available now at werockcancer.org
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    Where in the world are Carl and Laurie? Answer...Shrewsbury Drive in Rumson. Gotta love a small boat launch, fishing spot, and marshland amongst mansions! @laurasparrowgentry
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    It's Laurie's car, but I am the caretaker. I restored the interior 14 years ago all by myself including upholstery, carpet, dashboard, etc. Was much fun to do. Also had a full structural professional restoration that same year. Was a great ride out to Sandy Hook this afternoon!
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    I found this Wascally Wabbit up in Mom's backyard yesterday
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    Muffin the Flying Nun doxie...
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    1st time we've ever seen a cardinal on our deck!
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    When you're bored beyond all recognition and you have leftover dry ice from a FedEx shipment, what do you do? You put it in your garden pond, watch it boil like a cauldron, and take a video of course ;-) (No fish were present or hurt in this experiment) #simplethings #boredom #help!
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    When your new Jeep gets covered in bird crap day after day after day, and yet another day, and you resort to carrying out some cockamamie brainstorm that turkey decoys will scare away the birds, eliminate said bird crap and then your crazy stupid idea works! #simplepleasures #birdcrapnomore #winning #carlscorebirdszero
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    I played a private house party today, took a walk on my break, and discovered this great view!
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    This was cool...playing on Q104.3, performing an acoustic version of JBJ's new song, Unbroken and hanging with Jim Kerr. Thanks Lou Morreale IV for posting!
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    "Touch my rawhide and die!" says Twinkie, the 12 year old hotdog ;-) ;-) ;-)
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    Sunrise in the sky at 5pm...
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    Head to the The Stone Pony in Asbury Park today Sun., 1/12, for LOD 20-Cover Me-The Best in NJ Cover & Tribute Bands. Come to listen and even dance to the best cover song performed by Carl Gentry Band, JoBananno's Spirit of Asbury Review, Bob Burger and Friends "Celebrating the Music of Elvis Costello", Moroccan Sheepherders, and Almost U2. Doors: 1pm - Show: 1:30pm CARL GENTRY BAND - 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM JO BONANNO'S SPIRIT OF ASBURY REVIEW - 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM EXPERIENCE JANIS WITH CC COLETTI - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM BOB BURGER & FRIENDS "Celebrating the Music of Elvis Costello" - 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM MOROCCAN SHEEPHERDERS - 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ALMOST U2 - 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Tickets: $17 adv plus fees...or Pay at Door https://www1.ticketmaster.com/lod-winterfest-2020-cover-me/event/0000575B2B8777FC
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    Between the clouds
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    Now that I've come back up for air, let me tell ya about my week last week: Monday gig in Palm Beach, Tuesday gig in NYC, Thursday rehearsal in Red Bank, Friday meeting in Asbury Park, Saturday rehearsal in Asbury Park, Sunday rehearsal and sound check all afternoon, and then NJ Hall of Fame show Sunday evening. Here's one of my favorite views of the week...

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