“10 pounds of fun in a five-pound sack and a rollicking good time…New wine in an old bottle… If you need something to smile about, if you’ve had a bad day and just want to feel good for a while, the Gentlemen (and the Lady) are the prescription.” – The Chattanooga Pulse
Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen are indeed the “New wine in an old bottle” that fits the prescription for a new generation of revivalists. They bridge the gap between the music of the old-timey speakeasies and juke joints with the voice of a new generation by blending the timeless traditions of Americana and Western Swing with a uniquely hot and fresh flavor that transcends genre. Their acoustic brass ‘n’ brew-grass tunes include raucous barnburners and heart-breaking ballads that continue to intoxicate audiences with performances of the highest spirits. In the words of their song “Hair of the Dog,” “Don’t need no doctor, I need my bartender friends.” Whether on the river or on the rug, Caleb & the Gents are here to serve and sweep you off your feet, so drink ‘em down and get ready to dance.
They’re setting up their strings and glasses to toast what promises to be a year worth celebrating. Caleb and the Gents are excited to continue their travels on tours packed with performances at countless locations with equally energetic atmospheres. In mid-April they’re releasing their first official video of their new single the “Hoke Poole Stomp.” This single will also be released in April with a B-side featuring the Jimmie Rodgers tune “Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia.” In the spirit of the field recordings of the 1940’s, the anticipated release was recorded at the fiddle player Jenna’s house. Not only is the sound genuine and the sentiment nostalgic, the very method of this recording, like their performance, promises to communicate more than novelty, but a message that is both close to the heart and close to home. They’re also looking forward to their festival debut at the Ink-n-Iron Festival this summer in Nashville.
Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen is led by the compelling crooner Caleb Warren, whose engaging lyrics and rhythm guitar keeps the audience swingin’ and swayin’. He’s accompanied by Colt Bowen (percussion), Dave Aitken (lead guitar and banjo), Jenna Mobley (fiddle), Robert Green (trumpet), and their newest member Ian Blanton (upright bass). Caleb Warren hails from Chattanooga, TN while the rest of the band is based in Atlanta, GA. A few of their influences include Django Reinhardt, Jimmie Rodgers, and Tampa Red. Their inspiring ability to communicate and stay in sync despite their technical complexity is only surpassed by their strong solos and independent personalities that come across in their performances as both individuals and a lively unified organism with a truly organic sound.
So if you can swing it, come early, stay late, and don your dancing (and drinking) shoes. Spend a night of entertainment with this toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, genre bendin’, string strummin’ fusion band. They’re rough and rowdy, technical and tight, but never ever high-strung. These tunes will have you cutting a rug before you know it. Every chance they get to churn out tunes, they’re always set up and ready to go. They’re a rare vintage ripped, ready, and rarin’ to exercise and celebrate the right to perform their craft.