Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen are a lot of things; They’re Ragtime, Western Swing, String Jazz, Country Blues, Hokum, Americana, or any number of possible combinations of musical genre’s you might want to use to describe what they do. There is one thing that these whiskey-soaked troubadours are for damn sure;
Based out of North Georgia for the past year and a half, Caleb and the Gents have been playing show after show, writing, and working on their first EP due out in early September of 2014 (entirely self-recorded and released). Winning over friends, and ultimately, fans in every city and venue they play including Red Brick Brewery, Tin Roof Cantina, Red Light Café, 529 East Atlanta Village, Jekyll Brewing, The Vinyl, and The Honest Pint. The guys (and gal) also had the privilege of being the headlining act at the First Annual Old Fourth Ward Arts and Parks Festival as well as The 2014 Sandy Springs Beer Festival.
Caleb and the Gents are purveyors of early American Jazz and Blues for sure, but their brand has a freshness about it that is much more modern than their inspirations from years gone by, as well as an energy that is evident in every live performance and has these songs bursting at the seams with feeling. The sound is huge for an acoustic act! Starting as a four-piece, Colt Bowen, being the backbone of the band, on percussion and backup vocals, Matt Monica being the other half of the rhythm section on upright bass, backup vocals, and kazoo (yes, kazoo) with his complex and well-fitted bass lines and fantastic vocal harmonies, Dave Aitken on double duty playing a smooth and clever lead guitar as well as a blistering banjo and smooth backup vocals, and Caleb at the reigns as bandleader, guitarist, vocalist, and on occasion, even playing tenor banjo.
With the addition of the amazingly talented Ms. Jenna Shea Mobley on fiddle and most recently the Gents old pal Mr. Robert Green taking on the role of trumpet and backup vocals, their dynamic and energetic sound has grown tremendously and shows no signs of slowing.
“We’re not old-time muscians,” says Warren. “We’re a new generation of musicians carrying on, and putting our personal touch, on the great tradition of the most talented musicians before us and hopefully we can help to show the next generation of musicians that there is a wealth of great music that is just waiting for them to discover it and carry it on with us.”