Find out why Paul has been limping around with a cane all week.
The Archives feat. Puma Ptah – Home Is Where The Hatred Is [single]
La Palma – One Foot In [La Palma]
Frass Green – Asheville [single]
Ice Out – Winds [Ice Out EP]
Drew Gibson – She Has It Anyway [Shipbuilder]
Pen Palindrome – Pavement [Dilettante Ball]
Sometimes it feels like it snuck up on us, but music listening has changed so much in the last 15-20 years. Now with earbuds, podcasts, YouTube and paid streaming services, we curate and share songs and albums very personally, hearing music in bubbles that only get pierced by the ceremony of live shows.
On our DC music podcast I’ve been known to lightly slag off the recent vinyl and cassette resurgence as vastly inferior to the convenience and ubiquity of digital music. However, one thing I must concede, putting the needle on a record invites a communal listening of recorded music that’s often missing in 2015. Music’s power is amplified communally; just ask any club DJ.
Singer/songwriter Drew Gibson taps into this energy in “When The Vinyl Scrapes”, the latest single from the full length album 1532 from earlier this year. “Where do you go when that needle hits?” Drew sings, as music leads him through memories of family made poignant through loss. The songs on 1532 were written after the passing of Drew’s father back in 2012, and helped him cope with that change, reviewing family lore to inspire the songwriting process.
Many, I’d say most actually, musicians project an aura of “cool”. They rehearse a carefully crafted image of detachment and confidence designed to entice, but really puts distance between performer and fan. Drew Gibson is not at all like this. Drew is friendly, “warm”. Drew is unafraid to pour his emotions and family history into songs and describe the process as he goes. His easygoing folk troubadour style and quiet fingerpicking guitar sound make 1532 extremely approachable. Talk to Drew after a show and you’ll see what I mean.
For the video for “When The Vinyl Scrapes”, which we are honored and excited to premiere today, Drew returned to filmmaker Tobin Herringshaw, director of twovideos from Drew’s prior album The Southern Draw. Tobin’s breathtaking new video uses the Nevada desert as canvas, creating long widescreen images that look like gelatin silver photographs from a hundred years ago. The languid pace of the video is a great fit for Drew’s contemplative song.
The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club hosts Drew Gibson on Sunday December 13th with support from occasional collaborator Devon Sproule. Get advance tickets now (and pick your seats out in advance too! Neat!).
It’s been a little while since we heard from singer-songwriter Drew Gibson. The release of his well-received sophomore album The Southern Draw preceded the passing of his father in 2012. His new batch of songs touches on that loss, of course, but also his whole family and the stories they have, including his uncle’s experiences in World War II. Drew’s Kickstarter campaign to make the album is past the halfway point with most of the fundraising complete, but there’s still more pledges required to help Drew create his third album. Head over to the Kickstarter page to see the excellent intro video and learn why the album is called 1532. Here’s the music video for “On Sunday”, a folksy ballad with a nice dose of organ from The Southern Draw.
Just yesterday singer songwriter Drew Gibson released a brand new music video for Elmira. Directed by Tobin Herringshaw, the video is simple, direct and beautifully shot. Elmira comes from Drew’s second album The Southern Draw.
Late last year local singer-songwriter Drew Gibson released his second album The Southern Draw. We recently featured the first video from the album, I Know I Miss You More, which was a low-budget DIY production. Now Drew has just released his second music video, for We Move By Wagon Train, finally receiving the beautiful visuals his music deserves.
There are lots of great local shows to take in this weekend, but if you are in the mood for some fantastic roots rock then head to Iota in Arlington for Wes Tucker‘s album release party with his band The Skillets. I’ve heard the album and it’s a solid and catchy listen. Get there early to check out fellow locals The Reserves and Drew Gibson. A few months ago Drew released a music video for his song I Know I Miss You More, from his second album The Southern Draw. The whole video was shot on an iPhone, but it works well with the song.