How The West Was Won. Gentlemen Of Leisure are the northwest’s hardest working music troupe performng across the country including back to back SXSW stints. Last week GOL performed at the Earwig Studio Benefit which focused on uplifting a wounded country . The International Examiner wrote a favorable review of GOL’s performance and how the content and performance of their music can uplift people in dire times. Read IE’s writeup below, stream and download “Great and Powerful” here and stay tuned to Keeynote.com for further updates on the world’s most dapper music collective.
“Gentlemen of Leisure played an energized, dynamic set—their first performance in Seattle. The band comprises old friends Chris Blount and Sphinx Akashaa Duncan, originally from New Orleans, as well as drummer Pope James, keyboardist Skylar Jones, and cellist and singer Jennifer Hasson.Chris Blount, father of two, says he picked Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle as the night’s beneficiary because he wanted to support Black Lives Matter and especially local Black youth. “I really want to promote positivity because I feel kids need to see positive reflections of themselves,” Blount says. “I’m big on building towards the culture and promoting education . . . and protecting the culture.”Gentlemen of Leisure guitarist, singer and frontman Sphinx Akashaa Duncan, also a father, concurs. “For me it’s about not giving in to all the negativity,” Duncan expounds. “Showing that we can be a force for good in spite of the things that are happening out there. … It’s fantastic to be able to get people out here and have everybody here for a common purpose.” – International Examiner