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 paper boy!"

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

carl gentry BB 600x706Carl Gentry (photo credit Laurie Klein)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 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 masters 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 play list 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 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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    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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    Amazing cloud formation tonight!
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    Today was the first day of fall? Oh, ok
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    Summer 2019...that's a wrap
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    Checking out the Hawk Watch lookout
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    Butterfly in the garden!
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    Hangin' with the Kings in Spain, taking in the sights. With Tommy LaBella, Rich Scannella, and Arne Wendt
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    Enjoying some of the sights and sounds in Palma, Mallorca...
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    Had a blast playing six shows in four days on the Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon Jovi Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Thanks to JBJ always for this amazing experience, thanks to JBJ's fans for being so gracious, thanks to the Kings of Suburbia for being so awesome, and thanks to the crew for making it all happen so seamlessly! Credit: Great Gigs Music Photography, @willbyington
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    Celebrating today the 50 year anniversary of Woodstock, here is a photo of me 47 years too late standing where the stage once stood, looking up on the hill where the masses once were.
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    After all these years growing up in Middletown, we've never visited Deep Cut Gardens. It was worth the wait, and we'll be back to check it out in another season!
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    Way huge tanker on its way to NYC as viewed from North Beach
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    A nice private show this afternoon that we've done for many years. Good times!
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    Twilight on the lake
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    Why did the moose cross the road? Maybe to freak out the poor lady one car in front of us when it ran across the road right in front of her? Was an amazing, huge beautiful animal and it made it safely. First one I had ever seen in real life.
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    What a view for Easter Sunday dinner! #bahrs #highlands #jerseyshore #seaside
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    What a great experience it was playing on the Runaway To Paradise With Jon Bon Jovi Cruise! It was a complete blast with non-stop performing for us. I wouldn't want it any other way! The other best part was getting a chance to meet and talk to such nice people at the meet and greet and throughout the ship. The fans were so friendly, fun and supportive of us. Hope to see you again on the next one! #runawaytoparadise runawaytoparadise.com

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