Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson
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This past year has been a testament to the long-held assertion that Susan Gibson is a road warrior in the truest sense in addition to being a dedicated singer, songwriter, and performing musician. The CMA award-winning songwriter (the Dixie Chicks took the Gibson-penned “Wide Open Spaces” to the top for four weeks) has been hitting the road consistently over the past 14 years, touring nationally in support of her own brand of Texas-Americana-folk music.

However, 2010 started off as the year where the road unexpectedly hit her back, and in February she suffered a severely broken arm, dislocated elbow, and shattered wrist in a car accident. Doctors estimated she wouldn’t be playing guitar until early fall, and her record release plans were put on hold indefinitely. Road warriors don’t sit around for too long when their livelihood involves playing music and traveling, however, and Gibson was playing full shows a mere two-and-a-half months after the accident with the help of some physical therapy, fan support, and a lot of determination. The latter half of 2010 made up for lost time with two tours to the northern Rocky Mountain region, a Southeast tour, and her well-worn paths across Texas.

Gibson’s 2011 release, Tightrope, is both right at home with and a departure from her previous albums. While the album was recorded before her accident, the mood and tone are fitting of a year spent in reflection. Gibson and producer Gabe Rhodes are the sole musicians on Tightrope, which manages to be beautiful in its sparseness, easily accessible yet full of sophisticated notes for those who take a careful listen. A pencil eraser on a cigar box for percussion, a plucked grand piano string, or a dobro with a neck so warped it isn’t a dobro anymore; these elements create an intimate album that only two creative minds sitting in a studio together for days at a time can create.

The songs themselves are tried and true Susan Gibson, whose craftsmanship in songwriting has made her one of the most respected artists in the Texas scene and beyond. Tightrope features co-writers that run the gamut from established songwriters like Michael Hearne, Monica Smart (“Evergreen” and “Never Enough”), and Jana Pochop (“Lovely When You Cry”) to first time writers but longtime friends Amy Patton, Michelle Moss, and Marian Brackney (“Hope Diamond”), proving that Gibson draws inspiration from many creative stimuli. From a powerful narrative about a guitar and the lives it touched (“The Wood Wouldn’t Burn”) to the assertive and fiercely independent title track, Gibson continues to affirm her place on the list of troubadour songwriters who have an innate need to affect the lives of their fellow humans through song.

While the road literally stopped Gibson in her tire tracks last year, it also gave the motivation to heal and is now the means to bring Tightrope to an audience. Gibson plans to debut it in Texas and beyond with a series of Spring album release dates as well as with an official showcase at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

Date Venue City State Note
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04/14/2011 - Gibson will bring her music to Beach CITE studios - Read More
04/01/2011 - Texas singer-songwriter is walking ‘TightRope' - Read More
02/24/2011 - Record release takes place on anniversary of serious crash - Read More
11/20/2009 - Unplugged: Perfect conert, perfect venue - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.5              Total Reviews: 32

Susan Gibson  10/06/2008            
dan g
she came to Davis,Ok. and rocked the house. my small town had never heard such greatness. can't wait to see her again.
Susan Gibson  08/19/2008            
Susan Gibson  07/10/2008            
The new album, "New Dog, Old Tricks" is a must-have for any SuSANG or Groobees fan! To describe the feeling of the album as a whole in one word: "chillaxin'" - like you're just hanging out with old friends on a porch, sipping ice cold liquid refreshments in your favorite comfortable old blue jeans and just enjoying the moment. Oh, and the credits thank more dogs than people (a LOT of dogs).
Susan Gibson  06/19/2008            
Stefanie Mittlestadt (Gibson)
I would just like to say that Susan Gibson is a work of art, her talent is out of this world. I look forward to any new songs that she may write or sing. I am in hopes that Susan will make her way back to Missoula, she puts on a great show at the Cabin!!!!
Susan Gibson  06/18/2008            
I absolutely love this album! I enjoy getting to revist some of my favorite groobees tunes plus new stuff. Like in What'd I ever worry about..., "I like the way you feel when your close to me. That's not love just geography." My favorite songwriter ever. And, it was produced by Walt Wilkins. Perfect!
Susan Gibson  05/11/2007            
Susan's music and lyrics have the ability speak to anyone. There isn't a song on either of her cd's that I haven't been able to identify with in some way. They speak to you on many different levels, and everyone that I talk to feels the same way.
Susan Gibson  06/08/2006            
Wide open what? Take a look into this chick's other material and visit a local live performance to get hooked on her sincere lyrics and amazing fan- interaction! One of a kind performer, nothing else like her and so much more to her than Wider Open Spaces.
Susan Gibson  01/15/2006            
Raelynn Reed
This cd is great on a road trip
Susan Gibson  10/28/2005            
If Lurlene is going to write two reviews exactly the same 1.5 months apart, I'm going to reiterate my 5 star review of this those of y'all that haven't heard it yet, give it a is fantastic...
Susan Gibson  10/07/2005            
I have to say I am disappointed. I love Susan's early stuff, but this reeks. "Happiest When I'm Moving" is much better with Jim Lauderdale's version. Susan's version takes all of the melody out. "Wide Open Spaces" is all played out - OK we get it, you wrote the song. I do like "Too Big Love", but "Stop The Bleeding" is a bit much. It goes a little past medaphoric and hits gross. Hope the next one is better.
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