It’s Day 13 of the Indiegogo Campaign for The Shopkeeper: A Documentary about Mark Hallman and the Congress House. I’m thrilled to report that we are currently at 37% of our goal!
Now it’s time to meet a few more artists who have recorded at the Congress House!
John Gaar — a regular at the Saxon Pub — comes at you with full-forced Southern-infused Roots Rock with soul stirring vocals, beautiful four-part harmonies, signature raunchy guitars, wailing organs, killer rhythm, epic hooks, clever lyrics and superb story-telling. Their distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including blues, rock, country, folk, Americana and jazz. The Rock and Roll Report gave them 5 out of 5 stars!
Davíd Garza is an Austin-based, American singer-songwriter who infuses rock and pop with a Latin feel and whose vocal style draws comparisons to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Donovan and Robert Plant.
Here he is channeling Zep in Dyer Maker:
Well, first of all Trent’s in my movie! And secondly, he’s the sweetest guy.
But here is the official scoop:
Trent Gentry is an openly gay Austin singer, songwriter and performer born in Fort Worth, Texas. Gentry has received critical acclaim and recognition for his most recent compilation of original music on his self titled album released in March of 2011. Trent began singing and playing piano as soon as he could crawl onto the piano bench at a very young age. Self taught on the piano and guitar, Gentry has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. Moving to Austin in 2005, Trent wished to stretch his musical muscles after playing acoustic shows in Dallas. In 2008, Gentry recorded his debut album Stars at Aerie Studios (Austin) with Mark Addison and quietly released it. His debut album was a very down tempo with stripped production and feel. Trent Gentry connected with Austin producer and engineer Mark Hallman (Eliza Gilkyson, Carole King) of Congress House Studio in Spring of 2010. With executive producers Jane Schweppe and Trent himself spearheading the project, the eponymous LP was born. Full of lush strings, keyboards, and Hammond organs, “Trent Gentry” is an inspiring record filled with yearning lyrics and soulful vocals. Hooks are in attendance, but they never take away from the purity and meaningfulness within each lyric and line. “Trent Gentry” was released in early 2011. Trent is currently working on a third LP, once again with producer Mark Hallman.
Here’s a song he just posted a couple of days ago: