Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkAcoustic

Brian Gladstones particular way of seeing things through irony and old time approach reminds one of great artists as John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, and Mississippi John Hurt. He is their own true son and he continues their great sounds.

Biography

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BRIAN GLADSTONE: SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITAR MASTER

FROM BASEMENT DEMO TO RECORD DEAL AND WORLD WIDE AIRPLAY
A SUCCESS STORY OF ARTISTRY, HARD WORK, AND PASSION.

Inspired by artists such as Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot, Brian has been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of 14. During his early adult life, though, he detoured along a more academic path, training as a magnetics engineer. Scientist Nicola Tesla was another hero to Brian at one time, I actually thought I was sent to earth to finish his work, believe it or not! I have a lot of inventions and patents.

Brian has since combined his two passions, science and music, by becoming a world-renowned designer of musical technical components through his own engineering company and single-handedly revolutionized the type of power transformers being used in high-end audio equipment (and rated the best by many of the premiere sound system manufacturers). His style of precise technical writing compliments the highly focused approach he takes to both lyric writing and blending & bending various musical genres.

This drive for perfection and precision resulted in the 1999 release of Brians debut CD BACK TO THE DIRT a quirky, soulful and totally inspiring collection of self-penned songs dealing with everything from traffic jams, lifes hopeless losers and the need to preserve the wolverine. But it is his masterful guitar picking, change-ups and melodies that stand out and support the many industry and media comparisons made to the styles of Arlo Guthrie, Dylan and Phil Ochs. But his intense and playfully witty lyrics announced that here indeed was a true original!

Radio airplay for BACK TO THE DIRT around North American and overseas markets created a buzz in the industry resulting in favorable reviews and numerous awards. Brian has also become active in philanthropic and environment causes, crating and producing a number of high-profile concerts and events for EARTH DAY and FOLK SINGERS FOR PEACE.

In 2001, Brians second CD, PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS brought further praise and even higher CD sales at home and internationally, and was signed with SILVERWOLF RECORDS in Vermont. (Josh White Jr, Odetta) In October of 2003, the third CD was recorded live from Torontos famed Convocation Hall and released under the TITLE ALIVE AND PICKING, featuring frequent musical collaborator, Tony Quarrington.

In response to the rapidly growing interest in the roots/folk genre, Brian created the annual 3-DAY WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL in early 2003 bringing together musicians from across N. America in a series of concerts, workshops and media events. Subsequent to the success of this 2004s Festival, Brians reputation as a promoter and event producer has grown and hes developing strong relationships within the Ontario and national music festivals associations and groups.

Gladstone continues to get airplay for all three albums around the world. As a solo artist or with his band, Brian Gladstone brings a unique blend of folk, roots, blues and country to the performance stage.

Email: brian@backtothedirt.com

Lyrics

Every Day Can Be A Sunny Day

Written By: Brian Gladstone

EVERY DAY CAN BE A SUNNY DAY

There's a bluebird on my shoulder
The sun is in the sky
With a rainbow in my pocket
And a twinkle in my eye,
Good luck’s around the corner
Let it come my way
Every day can be a sunny day

The green leaves of summer
Fade and turn to brown
With the changing of the season
White snow lays on the ground
Spring's around the corner
I can feel it come my way
Every day can be a sunny day

When those gray clouds
Block the golden rays
Just unzip the lining
Let it wash your cares away

There's a light in yonder window
And the moon is shining bright
The stars illuminate the path
For lost boys in the night
Sunshine is a state of mind
Let it come your way
Every day can be a sunny day

There’s an insect in the garden
And a feeling in the air
Vibrations from the atmospheres
Spread stardust everywhere
Peace and sunshine is our gift
Let it come our way
Every day can be a sunny day

There's a bluebird on my shoulder
The sun is in the sky
With a rainbow in my pocket
And a twinkle in my eye,
Good luck’s around the corner
Let it come my way
Every day can be a sunny day

When those gray clouds
Block the golden rays
Just unzip the Levi's
Let it wash your cares away

The Flags of Freedom

Written By: Brian Gladstone

The Flags of Freedom

The Stars and Stripes blow free
On the roof tops of Baghdad
B15s fly circles
In the skies like Galahad
Everybody's hungry
And the water is shut off
I don't know the enemy
It's so hard to be free.

Came upon an immigrant
So weary from the road
His hands were worn his faith was torn
A tale he did unfold
Settled here twelve years ago
He wanted civil rights
Again his flag fell to the ground
He don't know who to fight.

Show me a peace sign
Help me to be free
Let the ground on which I walk
Stretch to eternity
If I wake to find a door
Lock away my dreams
Fly the flags of Freedom at half-mast
Till every man is free.

Give me democracy
And light my eyes to see
Let the sails of liberation
Set a course for me
Show me no injustice
And I'll give back dignity
I don't know where we went wrong
We all need to be free.

Show me a peace sign
Help me to be free
Let the ground on which I walk
Stretch to eternity
If I wake to find a door
Lock away my dreams
Fly the flags of Freedom at half-mast
Till every man is free.

Office Tower Blues

Written By: Brian Gladstone

Office Tower Blues

I wake up in the morning
Take the 8:15 to town
I walk the walk and talk the talk
When everyone's around
But from nine to five
I count the seconds and the bucks
I used to like my job here
But now I think it really sucks

The sales guys are sleazy
And they have it way too easy
Taking two-day lunches on their hunches
With the buyer babes
I can see them though the window
As I collate my life,
I leave everyone on hold
So my coffee won't get cold.

I've got the office tower blues
I read the office tower news
And on Friday I go dancing
In my office blue suede shoes
When I think about tomorrow
It's the same as yesterday
I just party on the weekend
Drink my office tower pay.

I'm work ethic denied
They've locked me here inside
My office only has three walls
They build it down the hall
Too much starch in my white collar
I'm just trying to make a dollar
I try never to be seen
I'm just a cog in the machine.

I'm oxygen deprived
They make the air inside
It's full of Legionnaires disease
I go home if I sneeze
Ive got rubber necking plants
Filled with artificial ants
I don't want to get promoted
But with bad work there's a chance

I've got the office tower blues
I read the office tower news
And on Friday I go dancing
In my office blue suede shoes
When I think about tomorrow
It's the same as yesterday
I just party on the weekend
Drink my office tower pay.

Discography

1999 - BACK TO THE DIRT - (COMSTOCK RECORDS), Arizona

2001 - PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS - (SILVERWOLF RECORDS), Vermont

2003 - ALIVE AND PICKING - (Recorded Live at Convocation Hall, Toronto) Self Released

2005 - A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

Set List

ALL ORIGINAL TUNES
We can play a set or a whole night.
Always leave the crowd screaming for more.

CAN DO WORKSHOPS SUCH AS:
GUITAR STYLES OF THE MASTERS
FINGERSTYLE WORKSHOP
SUCCESS TIPS FROM BRIAN GLADSTONE - Creating Your Own Scene