Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert

Apr 27, 2012 |  0 comments
Date: Apr 27, 2012 Time: 8 PM Price: $15 in advance, $20 day of show Type: Singer/Songwriter/Folk

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90′s when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Bostonabout an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mikes. The word spread of this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer to New York; Shawn Colvin invited Vance Gilbert to be a special guest on her Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm (“With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from that tour.) Gilbert’s three albums for the Rounder/Philo label – EDGEWISE (1994), FUGITIVES (1995), and the celebrated, arrestingly sparse SHAKING OFF GRAVITY (1998) – are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. With guests as varied as Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Vinx, and Jane Siberry, all three albums found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and Non-Commercial A3 (Adult Album Alternative) radio. These discs were followed by the self-released SOMERVILLE LIVE (2000), his live recording lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams,” and ONE THRU FOURTEEN (2002), a stylistically varied offering that New York’s Town and Village calls “lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.” Follow that with SIDE OF THE ROAD (2003), a duo album with Ellis Paul, lauded as “haunting, artful, and lovely” by Boston Magazine and nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award. UNFAMILIAR MOON (2005) successfully follows. “The songwriter’s most compelling work; literate, heartfelt, rippling…emotionally resonant songs” says the BostonGlobe, placing the album in its’ Top 10 CDs of the year (#4). On ANGELS, CASTLES, COVERS writes Roberta Schwartz of FAME, “Gilbert’s choice of an album of covers seems both fitting and fearless. …he displays his vocal virtuosity with some unexpected choices from the late 20th century songbook. From the sounds of Motown, through the R&B of Al Green to classic Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin,… He makes each and every tune sound fresh and new.

visit his website: http://www.vancegilbert.com/

 

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