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Focus On: Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert Before Vance Gilbert built a reputation as one of the wittiest, yet wisest singer/songwriters of the contemporary folk idiom, he paid the rent as a lounge singer, pounding out everything from Top-40 hits to jazz standards. That initial training paid off as he hit the Boston folk music scene running in the early ‘90s, winning fans with his musicianship and stage presence as well as his songwriting talents.

After building a reputation as an open-mic “ringer,” Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert along on her tour to perform as a special guest. Along with his own lyrical voice, Gilbert’s CDs include guests like Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Dee Carstensen, Vinx and Jane Siberry. The Vance Gilbert/Ellis Paul duo album Side of the Road was nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award. His latest release, Unfamiliar Moon, returns to Gilbert’s roots as a songwriter who moves effortlessly from funny to insightful, taking listeners on a music-filled journey.


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Vance's interview

Jim catches up with singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert before an appearance at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom Tavern. A talented songwriter, Vance sings a little and discusses his influences, artists he admires, creating music on the road, humor in his songs, giving credit where it’s due and the true reason he trimmed his signature locks.

Vance and Jim discuss the music on his latest album, Unfamiliar Moon.
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After years on the road, Jim asks Vance about keeping it “real” on the road, comedy vs. music and finding his way to music as a profession.
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Vance on life with his hair, creating the perfect album cover, songwriting, Dave Carter, Richard Shindell and bringing a song to life.
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Finding motivation from songs of other generations – including Sam Cooke and Doc Pomus – the beauty of soulfulness and giving songwriters their due.
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Vance, live from Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom, sings Ten Thousand Skies off of Unfamiliar Moon, his latest release.
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Vance talks about and sings Waiting for Gilligan from 2002’s One Thru Fourteen, a song inspired by Bob Denver and a candy bar commercial.
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Resources

  Vance Gilbert's Official Site

  Unfamiliar Moon on Amazon.com

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