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…]
Blackberry Smoke recently played to a sold out crowd at the Iron City music venue in Birmingham. Mother Plug Music sat down with Charlie Starr and Brit Turner, the lead singer and drummer, to discuss their past, present and future. Photos by Mary C. Fehr. Interview conducted by Jen Jackson. Article written by Josh Matthews.
Blackberry Smoke has toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd on multiple occasions, as well as played and recorded alongside friend Bob Weir. For most fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grateful Dead, these would be monumental accomplishments. For fans of Blackberry Smoke, however, these are mere casual causalities. Blackberry Smoke is arguably one of the best Southern rock bands since Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose name is synonymous with the genre, and they’re arguably one of the hardest working bands since Grateful Dead, whose name is synonymous with touring.
Effect, meet cause. From day one, Blackberry Smoke has taken a very blue collar approach to their business. They have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and played anywhere from 150 – 250 shows a year. They’re basically always on tour.
Charlie Starr: Except for when we get to the end of the year, we…