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GIP’S PLACE

GIP'S PLACE

How Henry “Gip” Gipson used music to change the course of history.

By JOSH MATTHEWS 

INTERVIEW by JOSH MATTHEWS & KAYDEE MULVEHILL

Photo by BRIT HUCKABAY

HENRY “GIP” GIPSON OVERCAME UNSERMOUNTABLE ODDS AND A LIFETIME OF HARDSHIPS AND ADVERSITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER THROUGH MUSIC, PARTICULARY THE BLUES. IN DOING SO, HE WOULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND POSITIVELY INFLUENCE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE.

It was the overwhelming sense of insecurity that I felt slow my pace, not the sallow appearance of this dilapidated old nursing home or the acrid smell of urine that was filling my nostrils. I couldn’t get over the idea that I just wasn’t the person who should be doing this. An interview like this one should be done by a professional, a historian, a civil rights activist or another musician like Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, someone who’s shared a stage with this man, someone who’s had the chance to get to know him on a more personal level, or someone who’s lived a little bit of his history… [read more…]


CREATIVELY SATISFIED: A CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH

CREATIVELY SATISFIED: A CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH

TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH ON WHERE HE IS NOW AND HIS NEW RELEASE TAP DANCIN’ DADDY

By Brent Thompson & Josh Matthews

Photo by Maria Taylor

hroughout his career, Taylor Hollingsworth has had very little white space on his calendar. In addition to a prolific solo recording output over 16 years, the Birmingham-based singer/songwriter/guitarist has had involvement in numerous musical projects including The Dexateens, Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band and Dead Fingers (the duo with his wife, Kate Taylor). And when a guitar is not in his hands, Hollingsworth is a father, mixed media artist, and record producer. On AUGUST 2, Hollingsworth will release Tap Dancin’ Daddy , a collection of songs he accrued over a number of years. Recently, Hollingsworth spoke with us about writing, recording, and side projects. 

Taylor, thanks for your time. If you will, talk about the creation of Tap Dancin’ Daddy

It’s songs that I’ve been working on over the last few years. I recorded them all at my house in my basement, old-school-style like I first started doing. I’ve got much nicer gear now, so… [read more…]


NOWHERE SQUARES

NOWHERE SQUARES

GET THE NERVE TO MIX IT UP

By Jones Willingham

Photo by Breanna Conley Saxon

Birmingham punk-rock mainstays, Nowhere Squares (Paul Wilm, Justin Cordes Wilm, Mikey Williams, Andy Sizemore, and Wes Reid), have been playing together in some form or another for twenty-one years. However, 2019 has brought a new element to the fold with the release of All Mixed Up and Nowhere to Dance, a remixed companion album to their 2018 release All Messed Up and Nowhere to Go. Featuring work from Inkline of Birmingham rap group Nerves Baddington, All Mixed Up offers a stylistic detour with the appearance of 808 drums and heavy bass in conjunction with the Nowhere Squares’ impressive and chaotic energy. MusicBham spoke to Paul in anticipation of the release on Earth Libraries:

Hi Paul! How did the remix album with Inkline come together?

We were scheduled to play a show with Nerves Baddington at The Nick in the winter of 2018 and Ryan (Inkline) made a promo video where he remixed “Quit It” and placed it behind this trippy animated visual of us. It looked… [read more…]


BATTLE REPUBLIC

BATTLE REPUBLIC

By Kaydee Mulvehill

Photo by Telegraph Creative

When I walked into Battle Republic for the first time, I half expected to be met by a sweaty gym coach screaming profanities at a boxer while “Eye of the Tiger” blared in the background. On the contrary, I was greeted by Leah Drury, one of the co-owners of Battle Republic, and she graciously offered me a tour. 

As she showed me around, I quickly realized this was not your average boxing gym. I quietly peeked my head into one of the classes and was struck by the atmosphere. In a darkened room, boxers stood in front of individual punching bags, while a hand-selected playlist featuring local artists such as Wilder Adkins guided them through the cool down. To quote Lindsey Miller, another one of Battle Republic’s co-owners, “Boxing can be really unapproachable. Not many people want to get hit in the face. This is neat because you still get the workout and the relief of fighting, but no one is swinging at you.” 

Once I had a chance to sit down with the team and hear more… [read more…]