Henry "Gip" Gipson Archive

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…]