After serving an apprenticeship as a bluegrass sideman, vocalist and resonator guitarist Glenn Gibson has stepped out front on his debut album, When Times Are Hard.
Gibson has been a member of both Dale Ann Bradley and Marty Raybon’s touring bands, and has appeared on both of their recent recordings. He also worked with Karl Shifflet, and tours now with Charlie Sizemore.
Bradley speaks quite highly of her former band member and fellow Kentuckian’s first project.
“The tracks are driving. His tone, timing and taste on that soulful dobro’ are second to none. I find that he’s awesome with pen and paper, and will surely be recognized as a great writer as well as musician and vocalist.”
12 of the 13 tracks are Gibson originals, which he sings with an unornamented simplicity that suits his songs well. He is supported by Michael Cleveland on fiddle, Jeff Guernsey on guitar, Daniel Grindstaff and Steve Cooley on banjo, Lauren White on bass and Jesse Brock on mandolin.
You can hear audio samples from the entire CD on Glenn’s web site or in iTunes, and if you sign up for his email newsletter, you’ll get a free download of the first single, Cry Baby.