Gibson never stops; she puts 60,000+ miles a year on her Sprinter van touring all over the country. From playing listening rooms and festivals to teaching songwriter classes and workshops, this award-winning singer/songwriter defines poetry in motion.
Gibson is celebrating 10 years as a solo touring and recording artist with the release of “The Second Hand,” a live album recorded at The Bugle Boy in La Grange, one of Texas’ most highly lauded listening rooms. On “The Second Hand,” the CMA award-winning songwriter (the Dixie Chicks took the Gibson-penned “Wide Open Spaces” to the top for four weeks) manages to capture a high energy show while also sharing a very personal, poignant side with her audience. Gibson handpicked some of her favorite musicians for the recording; she is joined by Billy Masters on guitar, David Carroll on upright bass, and Ray Rodriguez on drums and percussion.
Minnesota born but mostly Texas raised (her father worked for the railroad), Susan went to college in Texas and Montana where she started in the open mic scene. She jumped into the Texas touring circuit when she joined The Groobees in Amarillo in 1996, and they recorded 4 well received albums before splitting up in 2002. Not one to lose momentum, Gibson hit the road in 2003 with “Chin Up,” her first solo record, and hasn’t slowed down since. “The Second Hand” is her 5th release, and she’s collected honors along the way like BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” from the West Texas Music Hall of Fame. In 2013 she was honored to play at the Texas State Society’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
When the thought of recording a live album came up, The Bugle Boy quickly rose to the top of the list of venue choices. An intimate room located between Austin and Houston, they have built a reputation as one of the foremost listening rooms in the state if not the country. Making a live album requires an enthusiastic and tuned in audience, and The Bugle Boy delivered in spades.
Always one for a surprise, Gibson added a twist at the end of the live album. 2003’s “Chin Up” album had the title song as a hidden track, a mellow banjo-fied version of her song about failing the Presidential Fitness Test. In a nod to that track, the last song on The Second Hand is an energized studio version of “Chin Up” produced by Daniel Barrett at Rubicon Recording in Austin, featuring Barrett on guitars, Jack Saunders on bass, Rick Richards on drums, and Derek Morris on piano. This new version bookends an impressive 10 years of touring and recording and sets the tone for Gibson’s next 10 and beyond. Susan will spend 2016 touring, teaching songwriting and creativity workshops, and walking her loyal pack of 3 dogs and a chihuahua.
Songwriters Across Texas Television Show does not air today but will be back next Sunday with a Special Christmas Show. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful Sunday with Brennen Leigh as she performs the gospel "Sing,Sing,Sing"
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Jaredd Reed is a songwriter first and foremost, and beyond that, a spectacular performer with an exceptionally distinct voice and charismatic writing style. He hails from Galveston Island, Texas. Currently working with producers for his Third EP to date. He has consistently wrote catchy hooks and gained fans all over the country since his first release in 2010 "BAD", and his second release "MaxPatch"(2011). Over the past 5 years Reed has taken his stage performance from coast to coast as a simple one man band show . Not eager to discard cover tunes either, Jaredd has also stocked an arsenal of top hits from classic country to classic rock to modern anthems! Jaredd Reed is always on tour and always guaranteed to rock your socks!!! If you have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and go to the show.
Last year, I did a series of house concerts before my album was released so that I could play the new songs for people in a special setting before they could hear them anywhere else. Well, it was such a great experience that I would love to do it again, but with the full band this time!
We are going into the studio, soon, to record a new album that will be released sometime next year, and we are offering 10 full band, unplugged house concerts. We will play a full night of music, including some new songs from the upcoming album. If you are interested, please message me and we will provide further information. We are only offering 10 of these on a first-come, first-served basis so act fast to reserve your show!
Our latest single, “I Think I Love You”, is officially a week old today. We’re extremely grateful to all of you for sharing the song, telling people about it, and for adding it to your playlists! If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s available on all digital music platforms including: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TIDAL, Amazon Music, and more! Please continue to share, and thank you for your support.
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