A.J. Ghent [ j-ent ], also known as Aubrey Ghent Jr., (born September 18, 1986, in Fort Pierce, Florida) is a third-generation singer-songwriter, producer and lap and pedal steel guitar player. Ghent was the front man in Colonel Bruce Hampton's band. In
Ghent was born into a legacy of famous lap steel guitar players such as his great uncle Willie Eason, grandfather Henry Nelson, and father Aubrey Ghent Sr, who greatly influenced his son's career. His grandfather Henry Nelson was the founder of the "Sacred Steel" rhythmic style played by many steel guitarists today including Robert Randolph, The Lee Boys, The Campbell Brothers, and guitarists such as Derek Trucks. AJ Ghent's debut studio album (March 16, 2018), The Neo Blues Project, debuted No. 7 on the Blues Billboard Charts, and reached the No. 11 spot on the Top 50 Blues Rock Roots Music Report in February 2018.
Ghent was the leader of AJ Ghent Band and toured supporting Zac Brown Band in 2013-2014.
Ghent performed with Colonel Bruce Hampton in 2013.
Ghent performed "One Way Out" with The Allman Brothers in March, 2012 at The Beacon Theater in New York
Ghent also performed with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in Minnesota in June, 2012Recordings
Robert L. Stone, Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition (University of Illinois Press, 2010)External links