OXFORD — West Alexandria sisters Adelee Gates and Gentry (Gates) Small performed at Miami University’s Armstrong Student Center on Friday, Jan. 20.
Adelee & Gentry play mostly acoustic shows with just the two of them, but the show at MU featured one of their band’s guitar players. All of the band’s members are located in Columbus, so he traveled down to do the show.
The trio travel the country doing the college circuit. “I would say we’ve been to 300 schools in the last four years,” Small said. “All around the country.”
The band has done local shows, theater shows, festivals, and other events, but it is the college circuit that keeps them busy with traveling.
Last spring the sisters were the “busiest [they’ve] ever been.” They spent that time covering everywhere “but the West Coast.” They continued to work the college circuit over the fall, but during winter they took a hiatus.
The band tends to focus on its social media presence. They have a website where they post content and updates, named simply “adeleeandgentry.com,” and they also have Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter all under the same handle.
“We’re really trying to feature our new band videos that are on YouTube. We try to get some traffic with that,” Small said.
Adelee & Gentry has released two albums and a single. The band’s first album was titled “Nice to Meet You…” and was produced in Nashville. A year and a half later the duo released a Christmas album titled “Waiting for Christmas.”
Small added, “That was really exciting because that opened up the opportunity to play a show with the Dayton Philharmonic.”
They also just released a single on ITunes called “The Color Song.”
Adelee & Gentry have spent a lot of time working on a career in Nashville. The band has not been there in the last year, while focusing on traveling for shows. For the band’s first CD, they were in Nashville roughly 20 times. According to band members, when they go down there, they play at different cafes and work on their song writing.
“Every time we go down there we see so many people and get new opportunities,” Small added
As for future plans, Small said they go “by the motto of ‘see where our music takes us.’”
Small is pregnant and expecting her baby in April. “So that changes things a tad bit for this year,” she said. “I think over the next year, especially with the baby being involved, she’ll help us stay home more. Over the next year we really want to focus on recording music and getting some new material out there for people.”
This will not stop the band from doing shows. They already have a summer line up which is steadily growing. They plan on focusing their shows regionally, playing throughout Ohio and Indiana.
“We’ll probably still do some colleges in the fall, our spring will be a down time when the baby’s here,” Small said. “The summer shows, college shows in the fall, and see where we go from there.”
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