Kurt Gentle at Jimmy Hornet, Zhongshan China
Is something missing Kurt?
It seemed there was no-one remaining to clear customs as we waited to collect Kurt Gentle from the Zhongshan Ferry Terminal. Finally, we saw his dreads bouncing and eyes smiling and all was well…..until we realized he was without a guitar!
Always relaxed, Kurt explained his guitar hadn’t made it onto the flight from Australia to Hong Kong, however, Qantas assured him it would be delivered to his door the following day. Fortunately, after an anxious afternoon, it turned up just in time for sound check.
Kurt Gentle first played for Anthea Palmer (Jimmy Hornet Founder) at her venue The Chandelier Room in Melbourne, Australia when he was just 17 years old. The skill with which Kurt played even at this young age made him stand out amongst the Singer-Songwriter community.
Kurt had been living and playing in the USA, and happily was able to plan a China stopover on his way to visit Australia.
Kurt Gentle performed at Jimmy Hornet, Zhongshan China on 21 October 2017.
Kurt Gentle – Career in Brief
One of Melbourne’s most loved singer-songwriters, Kurt is a seasoned, though young, solo musician amongst the Australian Blues-Roots scene. Gracing the stage with humility, Kurt delivers a beautifully crafted set full of high energy stomp, overdriven lap slide guitar, old school finger style shred, all within an atmosphere of soul-baring songwriting. Kurt plays a variety of instruments that he blends into his unique sound – numerous guitars, harmonica, stomp box, tambourine, and vocals.
Kurt will get your toes tapping with his stomp and bold, overdriven riffs. But he will also strip back the layers to sing from his heart, where his lyrics are clearly formed.
Kurt Gentle at The Chandelier Room 2014
From 2010 up to 2016, Kurt toured, gigged, recorded, and shared his music throughout Australia, grasping the eyes and ears of many. He released his 10-track debut album ‘Barefoot Freedom’ to a sold out Evelyn Hotel show on a Sunday night in 2012. He has appeared at many music festivals around Australia, such as The Australian Blues Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, The Apollo Bay Music Festival, Gulgong Folk Festival, The Basin Music Festival, The Echuca Blues Festival, and The Healesville Music Festival, to name a few.
Throughout his first few years as a performer, he completed numerous self-managed, interstate tours around the country, and a two year signing with Boxer Records.