Gabriel

Gabriel

BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Gabriel Lambirth was born in Oakland California 1992, 11 years later he started playing guitar but before the guitar he had a few other ambitions. First he was heavily into the visual arts and piano. He didn’t practice too much on piano though. When he turned 11 that’s when he got a guitar. After one year of playing he learned how to play “purple haze” by Jimi Hendrix. A bassist named Ted Wysinger heard him playing in Guitar Center and invited him to a gig in Lake Merritt. This was Gabriel’s first gig where he played purple haze and made 25 dollars tips. After that he started performing normally with Lacey Baker and the Black Diamond Band. After about a year and half he started performing with various artists. The second group he played with was in a bar called Ricky’s. The group’s name was RaiderHead. They are hardcore raider fans. He performed voodoo child and purple haze. The second time he performed with them was when he really became a performer. When he played purple haze, he played with his teeth, behind his head, and on his knees. The crowd went wild that night. After these two club gigs he finally performed a festival. At this festival he played in back of Bobby Rush and still did a great performance. While this was all going on he was also doing frequent clubs gigs at a club called Coaches located in Pinole. He still frequently performs there. Then once again he was heard at Guitar Center and was asked to join Visionz of Tomorrow, a young R&B group from Richmond California. The group won the first annual youth talent show. The next festival he performed was at Hayward “Russell City Blues Festival”. He formed his own group this time and sung for the first time to a large crowd. He played Smokestack Lightnin’ by Howlin’ Wolf, Driving Wheel by Junior Parker, Red house by Jimi Hendrix, and an instrumental version of Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters. At this festival he opened for Guitar Shorty, an extreme influence on both Jimi Hendrix and Gabriel. He had now been playing guitar for about two years now and had been performing at Coaches a whole lot. Ted Wysinger then arranged a rehearsal with legendary Jimmy Mckracklin a member of the rock ‘n’ roll hall and fame. Gabriel’s first gig with him was at Biscuits and blues. The second gig with Jimmy was The 2005 Point Richmond Day Long Summer Music Festival . At this gig he met Bonnie Raitt who was totally impressed with his playing style. After this he was once again asked to join another group at guitar center. The group was Dahrio Wonder and Oblivion bass player Dewey Tucker invited Gabriel to a rehearsal. Gabriel quickly jumped on to the songs. The type of music they play is R&B/ Neo-soul with a lot of lead guitar on top of it. Because of Gabriel’s thick blues background he created great music with the group. The group performed a very nice gig for Valentines Day and their performance was great. Lately Gabriel has been working on an album and preparing for his future gigs. Gabriel has been playing for two and a half years.

At the 2005 33rd Annual San Francisco Blues Festival had chance of a lifetime meeting the great Hubert Sumlin back stage. Gabe brought his axe; Hubert had Gabe play for him. There was another band playing on the stage and you could hear the music in the background so Gabe soloed on top of their song for Hubert. Hubert was very impressed and wanted to let Gabe on the stage with him but his management wouldn’t let him. Hubert said he’d look forward to playing with him one day.

The future for Gabriel looks bright; he’s currently working in the studio on his new album Raindrops that will be released this summer. The Bay Area Blues Society will award Gabe with "The best new Blues Artist" at it annual awards show.

Lyrics

Diamond

Written By: Gabriel Lambirth

Diamond

She’s so addicting
But she’s alright

People envy her
Because she’s beautiful and bright

But her outside excellence
Can be mischieving

Well she got body and that soul
So she’s not misleading

The truth of the world
Yeah she’s above it
The test in life
Yea she’s passed it

Chorus:
Just like a diamond
Oh so sweet and shiny
You’d be my diamond
Staying right beside me
Just like a diamond
Yeah rich but you don’t know
Just like a diamond
Don’t know how far life can really go

Girl’s got this tendency
To make you need her

You don ‘t know when to see
The truth beyond her words

She’ll make you loose your faith
Take away your whole belief

Ooh this expensive jewel
Won’t give you no relief
I even cherish all the bad moments
That I spent with her
Ooh and if I mess up a little
I get kicked to the curb

Chorus

(Guitar Solo)

Chorus

When ya leave
It’s like I’m dead in a lonely hour
A thousand feelings of confusion
Fall down in a dreary shower

And I wonder why
What did I do
Cause ah baby
You know I’d never hurt you

Ooh he could never love you as much as me
I make love so compassionately