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Gert
Arwood

"When [Garrett] came in and played, I was beside myself... [he] can step into that situation flawlessly and execute on the highest level."

-Ben Rector, American singer-songwriter

Henry Garrett Arwood is a professional bassist, singer-songwriter, and arranger based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He is an exceptional talent that has played with and/or opened for artists such as Ben Rector, Lawrence, Melt, Carter Faith, Cole Swindell, and many others. The young musician originally hails from Clemson, South Carolina, but his early influences stretch far beyond the confines of the Upstate. After receiving a bass at age twelve from his grandfather, Lowell "Red" Arwood (who was an accomplished professional trombonist), Garrett sought out to learn as much as he could about the legacy and history of his new instrument. The year that followed would be heavily influential for the young boy, as he discovered and fell in love with the names and sounds of his eventual bass heroes, including Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Paul Jackson, and Nathan East. Throughout high school, Garrett began to play country, rock, blues, and jazz gigs in the local venues, bars, and restaurants of Upstate South Carolina, and these experiences would eventually lead him to the decision to go to Nashville, Tennessee, and study music at Belmont University. During his time at Belmont, Garrett studied under legendary bassists such as Stuart Hamm, Adam Nitti, Roy Vogt, and Craig Nelson. Additionally, the young bass player met countless musicians who would become his closest friends and most valued contemporaries in the blossoming underground of Nashville's music scene, including Claire Ernst, Molly Grace, Will Rosedale, Christiana Alaire, and the group of musicians who would eventually become his backing band: the Centennials. It was also during his time at Belmont that Garrett assumed the nickname "Gert", which was coined by an old friend of his from Clemson and got carried over into his college years. 

Garrett graduated from Belmont University in December 2021, and he is now working as a full-time musician, songwriter, and arranger. Additionally, he is planning to release his debut EP, Gert Arwood & the Centennials, in early 2023.

 

 

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 The
Centennials

Gert Arwood & the Centennials is a six-piece contemporary blues collective based out of Nashville, Tennessee. While there have been many musicians that have contributed live and/or in-studio to the Centennials' sound, the core group consists of Arwood, guitarists Jackson Anderson and Lucas Rennie, vocalist Christiana Alaire, drummer Patrick Prophet, and keyboardist Adam Story. Garrett formed the group in early 2022 as a means to showcase his original music and shine a spotlight on the five amazing musicians that make up the band. The group's style exists somewhere between the realms of blues, funk, rock, and old R&B/soul, but the Centennials pride themselves on being a band that can fit the mold of any style or genre that is desired. Some inspirations include Graham Central Station, Allen Stone, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the Meters, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Eric Gales, and many more. The band plans to release their self-titled debut EP in early 2023, and a full-length debut album is set to follow in 2024.

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