The Gentleman Callers
The Gentleman Callers were a St. Louis, MO based rock n' roll combo with a sound heavily steeped in 1960's soul, pop and rhythm & blues.
The group released one critically acclaimed album (Don't Say What It Is, Wee Rock Records) as well as a 3-song 7" record that is now sold out and out of print. The Gentleman Callers also contributed a number of songs to various CD compilations, most notably the song "Ramona Say Yes" to the "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" Chuck Berry tribute album. Other compilations include the Pro-Vel Records' "It Came From Uranus" and the Bert Dax "A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume 1" compilations. Their sophomore album, titled "A Tangled Mess" and recorded shortly before their demise, was posthumously released in download-only form by Trouble In River City (TIRC) Records in late 2010.
The Gentleman Callers played a large number of shows during their 5-year run; often with some of the top bands of their respective genre and in some cases some of the most revered artists in the world. The list includes Chuck Berry, Dick Dale, the Black Keys, the Cynics, the Boss Martians, The Charms, Thee Shams, and many more. Their last show was to be opening for the legendary Question Mark & The Mysterians, who unfortunately cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
In early 2007, long-time drummer (and founding member) Matt Picker left the band, and at his final show at Off Broadway lead singer/bass player Kevin Schneider announced that the gig "may be their last show ever". Despite efforts by Schneider to keep the band afloat, more than a year later, on June 8, 2008 during an interview with Annie Zaleski on the KDHX show International Pop Overthrow, Schneider effectively closed the book on the Gentleman Callers, saying "the hiatus has officially become that we're not a band anymore".
Schneider, Porter and Picker announced the formation of a new band, The Blind Eyes, in September of 2007.
The band won several music awards from 2002-2006, including:
- 2006 Riverfront Times "Best Of St. Louis" Awards- Album of the Year (Don't Say What It Is)
- 2006 Riverfront Times "Best Of St. Louis" Awards- Best Concert of the Year (Chuck Berry with the Gentleman Callers)
- 2006 Riverfront Times "Best Of St. Louis" Awards- Best Male Vocalist (Kevin Schneider)
- 2006 KDHX/PlaybackSTL First Annual St. Louis Local Music Awards- Best Garage/Punk Band (Critics Choice)
- 2006 KDHX/PlaybackSTL First Annual St. Louis Local Music Awards- Best Garage/Punk Band (Audience Choice)
- 2005 Riverfront Times "Best Of St. Louis" Awards- Best Garage Band
- 2004 Riverfront Times Music Awards- Best Garage Band
- Nominated "Best Garage Band" five consecutive years straight in RFT Music Awards
- Nominated "Best New Band", 2002 Riverfront Times Music Awards
Former Band Members
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- "Don't Say What It Is" LP, Wee Rock Records, 2005
- "The Gentleman Callers" 7", Self Released, 2002