Greg Gibson

Greg Gibson

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One of San Diego's finest singer/songwriters, Greg Gibson has been part of the SD music scene for nearly a decade, and has shared the stage with bands like The Watson Twins, Luna, and The Album Leaf. His new solo album 'Black Glass' highlights his classical voice and eclectic folk/jazz songwriting.

Biography

Greg Gibson, a San Diego, California, native, has studied voice since he was in high school, although it wasn’t until he waited out a forced hiatus—allowing him to recover from vocal cord surgery—that his career took on a voice of its own. After several years playing guitar in San Diego–based Waterline Drift, Gibson set out on a solo career that allowed him to explore the full range of his voice, his influences, and his inspiration.

Gibson’s solo debut, ‘Black Glass,’ (January, 2010) is a collection of honest, heartfelt songs that convey the joy, contentment, discovery, and sorrow of life, love, and loss. Recorded throughout 2009 with engineer Kevin Mankins, the album features Gibson on a number of instruments, exploring new avenues of orchestration, from ambient guitar loops and rich vocal harmonies to vintage keyboards and samplers. ‘Black Glass’ also boasts a talented lineup of guest musicians who complement Gibson’s soulful voice with layers of percussion, brass, keyboards, and guitar. Notable performers include Brian Dall on drumset, Jason Ginter on vibraphone, Miss Erika Davies on backing vocals, and Gibson’s brother Bryan on guitar.

Gibson performs regularly in San Diego at venues including the Casbah, the Ruby Room, the Soda Bar, and the Tin Can Ale House. He has toured up and down the West Coast, both to promote his solo album and previously with Waterline Drift, sharing the stage with American Analog Set, The Watson Twins, Luna, The Album Leaf, and others. Gibson has been featured in West Coast Performer Magazine, San Diego CityBeat, San Diego Reader, and signonsandiego.com, and has been played on legitradio.com, 91xFM, and 94.9FM.

While Gibson is a versatile musician—indeed, his guitar playing often brings his shows to life—it is his voice that is most memorable. As he explained in an interview with Legit Radio: “I have to say I probably favor voice over anything else. I’m a singer at heart.”

Lyrics

Black Glass

Written By: Greg Gibson/Krista Lindley

At the top of a hill is a man with a skill
He works hard so his families bellies are filled
He carves his tools with obsidian glass
Not knowing two hundred years they’ll last

Black glass, keep the man’s tale
Black glass, don’t let me fail
Obsidian lives though he’s laid to rest
I’m here to finish his vision quest

I never thought I could meet this man
Til I held that obsidian rock in my hand
I am young but I feel so old
Through me this Miwok’s story is told

Black glass, keep the man’s tale
Black glass, don’t let me fail
Obsidian lives though he’s laid to rest
I’m here to finish his vision quest

He was under the oaks for nearly a week
Waiting for a whisper, waiting… for the wind to speak
When the message came it called him
Out of the hills it called him… it called him home

Black glass, keep the man’s tale
Black glass, don’t let me fail
Obsidian lives though he’s laid to rest
I’m here to finish his vision quest

What comes around goes around
And so do souls in time
Would you believe me if I told you
That obsidian rock was mine

Black glass, keep the man’s tale
Black glass, don’t let me fail
Obsidian lives though he’s laid to rest
I’m here to finish his vision quest

Settle Down

Written By: Greg Gibson

Woke up with no plan, no plan at all
Window breathes cold winter air, down the hall
And that look in your eye as we roll out of bed
Says this is as good, as good as it gets

We walked door to door
We talked of looking for
A place to…
Settle down, down, down, down

Took to the first place, first place we saw
Perched on the side of a hill, ready to fall
In our hands if we take the next step

We knew and nothing more
We’re through, looking for
A place to…
Settle down, down, down, down

ooohhh

Settle down, down, down, down

Look and You Will Find

Written By: Greg Gibson

Look, look ahead
Bring all your thoughts here
This place will tell you volumes of light
And all those that come here will tell you
Look and you will find

Well too many fools have missed it
Washed up on the other side
Keeping their ears closed and looking the Other way
Trying in vain to hide

Walking the long road ahead
Long and winding paths to find
Someone told me to veer away
I stumbled on this place and lost my mind

Look, look ahead
Bring all your thoughts here
This place will tell you volumes of light
And all those that come here will tell you
Look and you will find

“Help me find your heart”
Said this place to a new man
“Help me find your heart”

Look, look ahead
Bring all your thoughts here
This place will tell you volumes of light
And all those that come here will tell you
Look and you will find

Swing Me Around

Written By: Greg Gibson

You and me we’re dancing to an old song in the past
The lights are going out and going out fast
We’re the only people here making it last
Everybody’s working while we’re stomping on the cracks

Swing me around again, darlin'
On a checkered dancin' floor
Swing me around again
Well I’m tired, but I want more

We’re just getting started and dear God you’re a sight
Everybody’s waiting, but we’re not part of this night

Swing me around again, darlin'
On a checkered dancin floor
Swing me around again
Well I’m tired, but I want more

We could pour this out in a glass
We could bottle it up and make it last
We could give ourselves one last chance
We could give ourselves one last dance
One last dance

The walls are closing in as i dip you to the ground
Your hair mingling there with the footsteps and the sound
Of everyone who’s ever danced at the end of the night
We’re dancing our hearts out as they turn out the lights

Swing me around again, darlin'
On a checkered dancin' floor
Swing me around again
Well I’m tired, but I want more

We could pour this out in a glass
We could bottle it up and make it last
We could give ourselves one last chance
We could give ourselves one last dance
One last dance

Discography

Black Glass (2010)

Set List

Standard set list is 45-50 minutes.

Settle Down
Nothing To Say
Ones
Mother of the World (B. Callahan)
Next To Me Tonight
Black Glass
Look and You Will Find
Swing Me Around
Stand Still
As I Look Into The Sun
Summertime (Gershwin)