AJ Ghent [J-ent] hails out of Fort Pierce, Florida, where he grew up surrounded by music. His great uncle Willie Eason was the creator of the “Sacred Steel Tradition,” while his grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the “Sacred Steel” rhythmic guitar style. Now in his early thirties and a virtuoso of the lap steel, Ghent [J-ent] is set to drop The Neo Blues Project, his six-track Ropeadope debut, March 16, 2018.
“This EP reflects the rawness and passion of a sound I like to call “Neo or New Blues”. Neo Blues incorporates Rock, R&B, and soulful melodies from the past with a glimpse into the future, while highlighting the stories of many who still walk, sleep and live the Blues today. I strived to keep every note, from my voice to the guitar as authentic as possible. Approaching every song with honesty and conviction. For this EP, the sounds you will hear include those of my roots, mixed with the influence of modern music– and the different voicings that the slide guitar can produce–from singing guitar solos to rhythmic patterns. I can’t wait to share this with you.”
Check out “Power” below, the first single from AJ Ghent [J-ent]’s The Neo Blues Project.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.