The Fentons booked their first show before there was a band. Within in year, they were playing festivals and bars all around the Northwest.
Dave and Jim Keller grew up with music. "We listened to our parents old 78's, with songs like 'Ghost Riders in the Sky', right along with the Beatles and The Band, Neil Young, and Creedence and the Eagles," says Jim,"and a lotta years later that kinda formed the foundation of The Fentons." With the songs already written and a friend needing an opener, the brothers enlisted some longtime musical friends and a recent bandmate to play the country-inspired tunes they'd written, and The Fentons debuted at that first club show in 2009. The following year, the band performed at the Bite of Seattle, and for over 10 years have spent summer days playing festivals from Anacortes to Maple Valley, and then hit the bars at night, becoming regulars at The Shanty in North Seattle and other swinging nightspots.
In 2012, they holed up in Georgetown's Earwig Studio to record their debut ep of originals, Twist in the Twine, which features the fan favorite "My Dog Still Loves Me'. They followed that with the self-recorded Little Window (which features a secret cover tune) in 2014 and 2015's You+I+Us+Them. Summers got real busy with live shows - The Fentons were becoming regulars at the Bite, the Taste of Tacoma, Folklife, Choochokam Arts Festival and the Evergreen State Fair, among others - so it wasn't until 2018 that I've Seen It All Now was released, but it was quickly followed the next year by Bad Choices - Live, which chronicles their career to that point and also includes 5 new originals and a cover of Neil Young's "Saddle Up the Palomino". In 2020, Dave and Jim gathered those early demos - the ones that started it all - on The Fentons present Dave & Jim Keller - Aw Gee, giving everyone a chance to hear the songs that brought the band together.
Dave and Jim write the songs and play guitars and stuff. Steve's on the lap steel. Chas hits the drums and Kent plays bass. Most of 'em sing. And for over 10 years they've continued to mix their influences together into something truly original, and brought their twangy tunes to thousands of fans of all ages, from dark clubs to bright festival stages.
Steve Pearce - lap steel and electric guitar, vocals
Jim Keller - acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, vocals
Chas. Bronson IV- drums
Dave Keller - acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
Kent "Snake" Caldwell - bass, vocals