JEFF SILVER, JIMMY GALLOWAY, BRUCE GILBERT

Online Price: 
$10.00
At the Door: 
$15.00
Performed at Steve's: 
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 7:30pm

When you listen to Jeff Silver, you hear a swampy blues rocker one minute and a haunting ballad with soaring melodies the next. He's developed a unique guitar style that surprises you with unexpected grooves and chords that perfectly compliment his personal and powerful lyrics. Silver's is a "grown up" voice that's been influenced by everyone from The Beatles and James Taylor to Sting and Steely Dan, but he cooks up a satisfying stew that definitely has a flavor all its own.

Jimmy Galloway has played music most of his life. Influenced early on by Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler, he was drawn to fingerstyle guitar. His own style is a mixture of folk-based Americana, roots rock, fusion, psychedelia and the ambient work of 20th century avant garde composers. He cites Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Chet Atkins, George Harrison, David Lindley, Michael Hedges, Mike Campbell, and The Edge as major influences—as well as the late Atlanta picker John Madden, who was a great mentor and close friend. 
After graduating with a Music degree in Recording from UNC-Asheville, where he studied under electronic music visionary Dr. Robert Moog, Jimmy toured the Southeast playing clubs, festivals and colleges. Not one to stay still, he moved to Nashville,TN in 1997 where he played countless recording sessions and joined several different groups as a “utility musician,” playing various stringed instruments. After spending 5 years on the road doing 150-200 shows a year, it was time to slow down and focus on writing his own original material. The result of that effort was the 2008 EP "Waiting for the Fall." This year he has also just completed the full length "Symbols," on which he wrote, played, engineered and produced most of the tracks. “Symbols” is available at http://jimmygalloway.bandcamp.com/album/symbols.
Jimmy teaches at the Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM) as an instructor for the Acoustic Guitar program. He is excited about the opportunity it provides to share his unique playing style and philosophy to creating music with up and coming musicians.

 

 

Longtime mainstay of the local rock and jazz scene, Bruce Gilbert has been better known as a sideman for other musicians than as an artist in his own right. He spent his early days gigging with Paul Barrerre (Little Feat) in the late ’60s, and his most recent as a saxophonist with the late Buddy Blue’s jazz band, appearing on his albums “Pretend It’s Okay” and “Sordid Lives.”

Slowly robbed of his ability to play by Parkinson’s disease, Gilbert is no longer able to perform on saxophone and piano.

And yet, despite this undoubtedly difficult challenge, Gilbert’s new CD shows a singer with a slyly confident delivery, and a songwriter of no mean talent who has collected a baker’s dozen of his own songs in an impressive collection.

Possessed of a rich baritone voice and a knack for turning out lovely melodies, Gilbert’s new musical side is more personal – and personable – than his work backing other musicians. Likely reflecting his own eclectic career, the songs here range from the folk rock of “Midnight Water” to the blues of “Full Pockets,” the jazz-rock fusion of “Lie to Me” to the Southern California country-beach rock of “Blue Sarong.”

Throughout, there’s a familiarity to the playing and delivery – he has the same relaxed ironic humor as singers like Randy Newman, Mose Allison and Leon Redbone. Having a legend like Barrerre contribute ever-so-sharp guitar leads and solos to “Lie to Me,” “Just Can’t Seem to Wake Up” and “Money That Doesn’t Belong to Me” is just gravy.