HRMS Presents “SUSAN GIBSON :: A NIGHT OF WIDE OPEN SPACES”
$15.00 / Coming Soon
Healthy Rhythm Music Services Presents CMA award winning songwriter "SUSAN GIBSON :: A NIGHT OF WIDE OPEN SPACES" with Special Guests, Mandy Rowden (Austin, TX) & Chris Mullen (Montrose, CO) • Friday evening, August 24th, in The Listening Room of Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, located at historic Sampler Square (68 S. Grand Ave) in downtown Montrose, Colorado!
Advance Main Gallery reserved seating and Studio Gallery General Admission available. After show Meet & Greet with musicians is included. Advance purchase is recommended. This is a ticketless event. Show is limited to 50 concertgoers. Admission is $2 more Day of Show (if available).
NOTE: A portion of the concert proceeds will go to the family of 5 year-old brain cancer survivor, Emily Reiss, to help with medical expenses.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Street and rear lot parking available.
Anyone who meets singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will know immediately that her family is a core foundation in everything she does, from the songs she writes to the tour routes she takes.
Whether it’s hearing her stories from the stage at one of hundreds of live shows around the country each year, sitting in on a songwriting workshop or coaching session with her, or running into her on the street in your town while she’s walking her 5 dogs on a break from driving to the next show...you will hear Susan speak of her family.
It’s her mom, Nancy Gibson, who inspired the title track of Susan’s latest EP, “Remember Who You Are.” Susan says, “My mom said that her mom always used to tell her and her sisters, "Remember who you are" every time they left the house. I don't know if that was before or after they got caught drinking beer with a bunch of their friends and gave fake names to the Crofton, Nebraska police, but it's something that she always told me and my sister as soon as we were old enough to leave the house. I would find it in notes in my lunch and written halfway into journals that I hadn't written in yet. She would write notes to us on banana peels with a toothpick and the words would turn brown-- like reverse invisible ink. She was an awesome mom. We were lucky to have her as our constant.” Nancy is also the catalyst for another song on the EP, “The Best of You,” written about surviving cancer. While Nancy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, Susan wrote it in honor of those who have fought cancer, be it the survivors themselves or the ones left behind. “I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, my mom would have wanted me to write this.”
To continue the thread of family and career in Gibson’s life, a song that Susan penned at her parents’ kitchen table while in college has been a cornerstone of her career as a performing musician and songwriter. “Wide Open Spaces” was written as a college kid’s cry for independence, but after The Dixie Chicks made it the title track of their 1998 debut, Gibson’s song has been woven into the family stories of countless people setting off on their own, whether it’s going to college for the first time or adventuring into one of the many new roads life takes us on as we grow older.
One of Gibson’s roads lately has taken her down a path that is once again influenced by her Mom, who was a beloved 3rd grade teacher in Amarillo, Texas. Gibson has added songwriting workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions to her schedule. She notes, “Being a performing songwriter is almost identical to being a teacher…you have an audience, you have a message and you have to hold their attention. And unlike teaching school, your success is determined by how many times they ‘take your class’. Moving into teaching from performance seems like a natural progression.”
“Remember Who You Are” is Gibson’s latest collection of songs and was recorded with producer Don Richmond at the helm at Howlin’ Dog Studios in Alamosa, Colorado. Most of the instrumental heavy lifting was done by Gibson (vocals, guitar, banjo), and Richmond (guitars, banjos, mandolins, dobros, bass, violins, viola, organs, pedal steel, lap steel, percussion, and penny whistle), while James Doyle played drums and Maddie Clemmer sang background vocals. The Amen Choir on “Little Piece of Heaven” features Drew Kennedy, Brandy Zdan, Josh Grider, and Walt Wilkins. This group, along with Kelley Mickwee and Gibson, are founding members of the Red River Songwriters’ Festival that takes place every January in Red River, NM (www.redriversongs.com).
With her newest EP that resonates of community and family, Susan’s focus is now one that hits closer to home. She spent 2017 writing, recording, and playing shows around Texas that allowed her to return to her family and roots as much as possible. With her newest EP in tow that is summed up by Gibson as “songs about the ache of loss and the balm of letting go,” her next chapter is sure to seed a whole new batch of songs. Stay tuned. www.susangibson.com
"Susan has spent more than a decade crafting great songs that share (and usually exceed) the qualities that made "Wide Open Spaces" such a hit - authenticity, wit, and themes to which just about anyone with a heartbeat can relate." - No Depression Review
"There’s the one single element that’s remained true and consistent throughout: her easy-going believability that cuts straight through pretentiousness or fraudulent emotions. It cuts to the core of the human experience. At times it’s bold and brave. At others, she’s incredibly honest with a glimpse of those insecurities, intimate details, and exposed feelings that we all encounter from time to time. " - New Slang Lubbock Interview
"Gibson, as she did with her smash "Wide Open Spaces," strikes strong emotional chords without getting sappy, and celebrates life and love without resorting to platitudes." - Jim Beal, Jr. - San Antonio Express News
"I highly recommend it to anyone who likes acoustic music, This is the best sounding CD that I have heard this year, the sound quality is stunning, plus Gibson has a set of ten very well written and performed songs." - No Depression
"She’s a Texas Panhandle stylist with a voice that’s both beautiful and unique. No one sounds like this woman who has been sharing her gift at clubs, house venues and festivals for more than 14 years." - Norman, OK Transcript
SPECIAL GUEST :: MANDY ROWDEN
Mandy Rowden is an Austin and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and the creator of Girl Guitar, a women’s guitar school and rock camp that is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year. Mandy played classical violin and piano through college, where she began writing songs and has since worked and toured playing guitar, bass, keys, drums, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica. Besides teaching and touring, Mandy is the resident musician at Lucky Star Art Camp and a contributing songwriter for Songs For The Soul. Her first full-length studio album ‘These Bad Habits’ (2015) featured Grammy winner Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Grammy nominee Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and was voted #2 Album of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll; since then she has placed in the Top Ten as Musician of the Year as well as Songwriter, Female Vocalist, Album, and Song of the Year. In March of 2017 Mandy signed with Howlin’ Dog Records and earlier this year she released her newest album. 'When That Day Comes'. www.mandyrowden.com
SPECIAL GUEST :: CHRIS MULLEN
Chris Mullen is a performer and songwriter from Montrose, Colorado. Over the course of a decade, he has built a portfolio of original music consisting of 4 EPs, 1 full-length album, and a few singles aside from a deep well of unrecorded material. Chris’ music is built off of lyrical depth and strong vocal melodies that are both thoughtful and accessible. His songs are rooted in who he is, and what he believes. It does not appear that he is slowing down either, with two releases in the last year and at least one planned for later in 2018. www.chrismullen.bandcamp.com
HEALTHY RHYTHM MUSIC SERVICES
Healthy Rhythm Music Services (HRMS) is a an arm of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group.™ The mission of HRMS is to Identify, Manage, Enhance, and Promote Indie Artists and Bands who have a deep commitment to a career in music as their primary focus.
HEALTHY RHYTHM ART GALLERY
Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (HRAG) is about Art and Music. The Gallery affords diverse individuals a user-friendly space to create, exhibit, and sell a variety of artwork. The Gallery, located at 68 S Grand Ave in Montrose, Colorado, also houses an intimate Live Performance Venue. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Advance appointment only on Sunday. www.healthyrhythm.net
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*There are no refunds or exchanges for this show. All sales are final. The only exception to this policy is if a show is cancelled. In the event of show cancellation, seating purchases will be honored when the show is rescheduled. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled show, your seating purchase will be refunded at the point of service minus any fees that may apply.