Jim Gill

Jim Gill

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"Jim Gill is one of the best damn singer/songwriters in the country, let alone Ohio, and I'll stand on Steve Earle's kitchen table in my muddy boots screamin' it at the top of my lungs!" "Absolute killer voice!"

Biography

With a performance style that is part Jim Croce musical storyteller, part Robin Williams' Night at the Improv, Jim Gill is rapidly making a name for himself as a must-see act on the Northcoast. Audiences all over Ohio have been enjoying this performer since 2001. "He writes with more depth than your average poet," writes the Cleveland Free Times, adding, "he has a quiet intensity much like Greg Brown and John Gorka". Jim opened for Gorka at the 2005 Village Folk Festival. The Medina Gazette wrote of Jim's work, "music that is sparse, introspective and compelling."

2007 has seen Jim open for Nashville artist, Mary Gauthier at the Columbus Performing Arts Center as well as numerous performances in Ohio and Pennsylvania including sharing the stage with Peter Mulvey at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. 2006 was a busy year as well for this talented tunesmith. He was invited to write and perform three new songs for a production of The Laramie Project, he finished first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter competition and he was a finalist in the 2006 Kerrville Folk Festival new song competition in Texas!

Accompanying himself on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, Jim's signature baritone voice has been described by music producer Jim Ballard as, "Jim Croce with warmth and range." His concerts also include the occasional harmonica and a new "techie" wrinkle, a looping device, allowing Jim to sample his own voice, and then sing over it, creating exciting on-the-fly vocal harmonies. The effect is quite arresting!

"...a captivating performer... don't miss a chance to catch Jim Gill in concert!" –Cleveland Plain Dealer music critic, John Soeder.

As memorable as the songs are, it's Jim's banter with audience members between numbers that many fans have come to equally enjoy. Telling stories culled from a life of being the only son in an Irish Catholic family of ten gives Jim a wealth of outrageous material on which to draw. "He is simply flat out hilarious!" noted Cuyahoga Falls venue owner, Kelly Steele.

"Jim Gill took the stage and lovingly led the audience through the highs and lows of life. His guitar work, sensitive and clever lyrics, and warm stage presence embraced the crowd. We truly felt like we were part of an experience...a relaxed, colorful, beautiful journey, rather than mere patrons at a concert." �Michael Strong, Director, The Ritz Theater

Lyrics

Fade To Black

Written By: Jim Gill

Fade To Black –Jim Gill

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I CHASED MY DESIRE
LIKE LOOKIN’ FOR WATER WITH MY HAIR ON FIRE
THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW AND NOW I’M JUST TIRED

TIRED OF WAITIN’ FOR THINGS TO CHANGE
TIRED OF HOPIN’ THEY’D STAY THE SAME
TIRED OF DREAMIN’ OF A BETTER WAY TO PASS THE TIME

(refrain)
SO FILL IT UP AND I’LL TIP IT BACK
CUT THE SCENE AS I FADE TO BLACK
THERE’S A FEELIN’ I’M WAITIN’ ON
HASN’T GOTTEN HERE YET
AND THERE WAS SOMETHING I WANTED TO SAY
BUT NOW I FORGET

I GUESS I WAS HANDSOME A WILD YOUNG TURK
I PLAYED TWICE AS HARD AS I WORKED
I WAS SMART THEN I WAS SMUG AND I WAS A JERK

WITH THE HOPE OF A LINE THAT IS CAST
I GO FISHIN’ IN THE BONES OF MY PAST
JUST TO PROVE THAT NOTHING EVER LASTS
I’M JUST TIRED

(refrain)

I WAS YOUNG SHE WAS YOUNGER
IS A MEMORY THIRST OR HUNGER
THAT WANTS TO RECALL THE TIMES WHEN YOU HAD IT MADE

AT A WORK BENCH OR ON A BARSTOOL
LIKE A SONG I HEARD IN HIGH SCHOOL
SHE’S ON MY MIND NOW LIKE A TATOO THAT JUST WON’T FADE

I’VE LEARNED TO KEEP QUIET AND I HOLD MY TOUNGE
WHEN I HEAR THAT YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG
‘CUZ THERE’S TIMES I WAS WASTED AND TIMES I WAS STUNG
AND NOW I’M JUST TIRED

(refrain)

Any Exit

Written By: Jim Gill

Six lanes on the highway
Four chambers in the human heart
Nine justices rule supreme
They’re all tryin’ to play their part
Truth and justice are elusive
Love’ll make you rip out your hair
And if you don’t care where you’re goin’
Any exit will take you there

You get your news from the TV
White lies from a glowin’ box
They peddle fear and band-aids
The business plan of the fox
You wanna get your head straight
Take your set for a drive
Haul it up to the edge of a mountaintop
Tip it over and wave goodbye

I was born in Cleveland
Went to catholic school in Parma Hts.
Got divorced in a county courthouse
When change had me in his sights
I wrote this song in a bathroom
Outside of Philly, PA
I’m not proud of that just stating a fact
Sooner or later, lightning strikes, wherever you stay

It took me forty years
Just to get the guts to sing
It might take me forty more
To learn how to play this thing
You can pray to your god
If it makes you feel strong inside
But as for me I’m here to tell you friends
I’m not a passenger (hell no) I’m the ride

(repeat first verse)

Cat's Cradle

Written By: Jim Gill

A loop of string
Wrapped through our hands
A child’s game
That never ends
We weave the shape
Of space and time
It is desire
That clouds the mind

Now from cat’s cradle
To the grave
It is this moment
I would save
Your gentle hands
Your smiling face
You make my world
A loving place

I write our names
Upon the beach
For now the waves
Are out of reach
When climb the moon
And rise the tide
The ocean claims us
Back inside

How short the sight
How sad the man
Who would not wish
This all again

Discography

"So Fine" released 2001
"Sky" released 2004
"Music For The Laramie Project" EP released 2006
"Jim Gill Live Volume One" released 2007
"Walk In My Shoes" 2006 Kerrville new song finalist, (featured on Christine Lavin's XM radio show, The Village)
"Been Through So Much Together" contributed track to this John Bassette tribute CD, featuring Tom Paxton, Michael Stanley, Alex Bevan & others 2007

Set List

Concerts and shows feature all original tunes in an acoustic, modern, folk style. Comparable to John Gorka or Richard Shindell. There are numerous hilarious stories that unfold at the concerts which is all part of the package. Chalk it up to Irish roots!