In 2008, after a European tour, Gentry Bronson disappeared for 5 months in the Mayan Riviera. He reappeared in the U.S. in the Spring of 2009, and patiently began work on a new 'mini-record'. Produced by Gentry Bronson and Jesse Brewster (who also co-produced Gentry's 2008 single 'Avond'), and recorded in Northern California at Shabbie Road studios by Alan Hertz (formerly of Garaj Mahal), this is Gentry Bronson's 2009 self-titled EP. In addition to Gentry and Jesse, other musicians on the album include drummer and Gentry's long time collaborator, Alex Aspinall (of Gentry's former band, the Night Watchmen), along with singer Allyson Paige and guitarist James DePrato (of Chuck Prophet). Mixed in Los Angeles at Blue Velvet studio by another of Gentry's long time collaborators, Brian Hawlk (composer & mixer for the "Diamond Confidential" soundtrack), and mastered by Ken Lee (who has done mastering work for Nirvana, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth), the record moves into yet more new musical territory for Gentry. Gentry began playing and performing at age 5, but emerged into the San Francisco scene after winning 3 Northern California Songwriters Association awards in 2000, and then forming the band, the Night Watchmen, in 2001. He released 3 records with the band from 2001 to 2005 including 'Lost In California' and 'Rain Come Down'. Night Watchmen singles reached the top of both Mp3.com and Garageband.com's alternative music charts, and stayed there for months. At the same, Gentry started his solo music career, releasing the instrumental piano album 'Tranquillo' in 2004 and the sparse singer-songwriter record 'Home' in 2004. The Night Watchmen had their swan song in 2005, and Gentry focused on his solo work gaining an ever stronger and more wide spread international fan base as a soloist. In 2006, he worked with New Mexico multi-instrumentalist Dave Hoover to release the ambient instrumental record 'Santa Fe Sky'. At the same time, he put the finishing touches on his 2007 epic piano-based indie rock record 'No War'featuring the single 'Shine'. Several tours of the U.S. and Europe later, Gentry continues to be an original, passionate and dedicated singer, songwriter, pianist, performer and producer. All of Gentry's records mentioned are available on CDBaby. 'Coming off of a successful European tour, San Francisco's own Gentry Bronson, a keyboardist/singer/songwriter originally from Minnesota, has come up with a new release that highlights his incredible songwriting abilities. His self-titled EP showcases every side of his creative self; from a rollicking, furious side to an introspective, more sensitive shade, Bronson proves himself a complete artist. His influences come from acts as diverse as The Beatles, Mozart and Khachaturian, and his sound is a unique blend of these with a heaping of Ben Folds and Billy Joel along with a dose of Tom Waits and a kick of Steven Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack to boot. Track 1: Beautiful Ghost begins with an honest, supple, gentle introduction leading to Bronson's smooth voice. The drums push forth a more prominent, quicker beat that stirs throughout the entire song. A moving electric guitar solo by co-producer Jesse Brewster highlights the honesty of the piece, and the chorus ends with the haunting words: "all I am is a beautiful ghost." Track 2: Wild Women is a song about just that: women who "know how to live, flying on the wind...riding on the edge." The song is tightly organized, with Alex Aspinall's drum playing well balanced against Bronson's keys and Brewster's guitars. The song is one of two on the EP with an accompanying music video on the way, and with the emotional images the song portrays with it's harmonies, one can see it being very successful. Track 4: 8th and Harrison is a piece invoking the film noir-like beauty of Bronson's hometown of San Francisco. There is a mysteriousness to the entire piece, invoked by Bronson's sensitive piano-playing and the slow, dirge-like sense to the piece: ironic as 8th and Harrison is one of the busiest intersections in San Francisco wherein lies the entrance to the indispensable Bay Bridge. It also conjures the ghost, an idea set forth by the first song on the EP and continued by this piece. This song is the other of the two, and with the wondrousness of how it portrays a dreary, busy, yet lifeless part of town, the song vividly creates a mental video of it's own. ' - Melson Varsovia, Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion, January 2010 ***WRITE YOUR OWN REVIEW ABOUT TRACK 3, THE QUEEN & THE CLOWN*** 'Few artists have been able to bring the type of genuine showmanship and songwriting talent to studio and stage like Gentry Bronson.' - Penelope Biver, Starrider Media, Chicago 'Gentry Bronson can see the future of the music business, one in which he hits it big without selling his soul to a big recording company.' - Dan Fost, San Francisco Chronicle ''No War' is a very well produced album with the perfect amount of layers to keep listeners involved, and not get them lost within the songs. Gentry Bronson provides great piano work and melody lines reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Billy Joel, taking from great collections of piano rock.' - Damon Kellard, Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion 'Gentry Bronson is a gem, an exceptional talent. I wish I had the correct words to tell you of his talent and his dramatic skills as he sings and plays the keyboard and captivates his audience. The audience seemed under his spell.' - Lucia Whitney, Bread & Roses 'Gentry's extended hiatus from songwriting, performing and recording has given him wisdom he hopes to pass on to his listeners to help them deal with the chaos and stresses of these modern times. ' - Adam Hammer, Saint Cloud Times 'Like Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', Bronson lays it on the line with every word he utters while seated in front of his piano, his fingers rolling deliberately cross the keyboard as he sings. Bronson also has vision, and a certain kind of wisdom that comes forth whenever he sits down and begins to play.' - Gregory J. Pleshaw, New Mexico Art News 'From the heights of the independent music scene comes someone to get excited about. Like a modern-day Billy Joel with a flair for the alternative, Gentry's music is refreshingly vibrant and exciting every step of the way.' - Sheila Kirsten Hughes, Nubzilla 'Gentry's music covers the waterfront of beautiful losers and missed connections weaving in and out of traditional singer-songwriting, jazz and blues.' - Mperia.