The Fifth of Bourbon

The Fifth of Bourbon

 New York City, New York, USA

Fifth Of Bourbon is an electric blues band from NYC casked in 2010 focused on creative arrangements of both traditional and contemporary blues music. If you can imagine Janis Joplin fronting Led Zeppelin and performing electric blues versions of Howlin' Wolf songs....that's us.


Fifth of Bourbon is an electric blues band casked in 2010 focused on creative arrangements of blues rock music. Our focus is on tight live performances, mashing up blues classics, and delivering unique arrangements of blues rock classics to our fans. Our first EP, Voodoo Woman, was released in September 2011 which successfully bottled up our live mojo brew. The title track is a great example of how we like to reinterpret blues tunes: It is Koko Taylor's classic, but with our mashup of Led Zeppelin licks from their second album.

The band members all have an NYC music scene heritage:

- Greg Gentile (lead guitar) and Ken Umezaki (bass) from the Fifth (, which was a national finalist for the 2005 Battle of the Corporate Bands, sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Scott Warren (guitar) from White Collar Crime ( a 20+ year veteran band of the NYC circuit;
- Fred Gilde (keyboards) member of Equilibrium and a regularly featured NYC area jazz and blues piano player;
- Matt Fink (drums)
- & Kathleen Fletcher (lead vocals) from Austin Texas as our most recent member.

Influences include Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janice Joplin, Howlin' Wolf to name a few. Since we started as a group 18 months ago we have secured a loyal following and have played to packed houses including headlining the HIghline Ballroom, headlining BB Kings, Arlene's Grocery, R-Bar, Kenny's Castaways, Village Underground and other venues across the Big Apple.

We are always open to performances in the NYC area. Please contact us at