Bond & Bentley began in 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland as a vehicle for the acoustic songs of lead singer Ray Wroten. Over the years B&B has created songs that dip into not only traditional rock avenues but have a home in blues, hip-hop, ska, reggae, jam band, and funk circles. The band has 3 full length studio albums available online as well as a live album comprised of radio station appearances and acoustic tracks.
In the summer of 2012 the band released “Hold Steady”, their 3rd full-length studio album. In this LP the band has reinvented itself again, with a much more polished sound leaving the world of hip-hop behind, forging into a new blues/soul/funk frame of writing. The band has created a sound that is not only pop sensible but also has a “kickin ass east coast blues” feel reminiscent of mid 90’s American rock/pop in the vein of Black Crows, Sublime, Counting Crows, and Pearl Jam.
This outfit has the ability to transcend many genres as they spin the listener through different feels and flows in a journey sure to make each song a portrait of self observance and earnest personal reverence. The acoustic guitar mixed with full belted blues vocals, jazz percussion, funky low end, and slamming lead electric guitar guides the audience through ebbs and flows of soulful breathy ballads, all out rock and roll body shakers, and ska/reggae/funk grooves.
The boys have tirelessly performed over 175 shows each year since 2009 in a nationwide effort to unite fans from Florida to Canada and Maryland to California. The group has also had the pleasure of playing alongside popular national acts such as: Citizen Cope, G. Love, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Cake, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt & Kim, Wax, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Moe, Kellar Williams, Tea Leaf Green, Ballyhoo, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Rachel Platten. Bond & Bentley is poised to break even further onto the national music scene with their inexhaustible work ethic, soul stirring melodies and unforgettable live performances!
Bond & Bentley is:
Ray Wroten – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Alex Watts – Drums, Vocals
Shaun Riley – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ben Kolakowski – Lead Guitar, Keys
Special Guest Musicians :
Ian Macfie – Keys, Vocals
Kevin Cooper – Slide Guitar, Vocals