Since GENTLEMAN JESSE
dropped his debut 7-inch, I Dont Wanna Know, back in 06, Atlantas consummate power-pop innovator has exerted a sweeping influence over the collective consciousness of the city's native rock scenes. The emphasis he places on the art of songwriting, and the quick, concise pop inflections hes mastered rise above the common vernacular of garage slop and punk-rock jitters. While the rest of the city's other bands have watched and followed, he continues to reach for a higher plane of musicianship. Whether performing as the right-hand man in the new Paul Collins Beat, or wielding a bass guitar in the Carbonas, a local music renaissance has fallen upon Atlanta, and much of it is at the hands of Gentleman Jesse Smith. www.myspace.com/gentlemanjesse.