Much like Starday Records, whose slogan was "Preserving Our Nation's Musical Heritage," so too is Nate Gibson. Nate has spent the majority of his life researching and writing about mid-century American roots music and during that time he has continued to tour, record, and write his own original music. Whether playing frantic rockabilly, traditional country, honky-tonk, western swing, bluegrass, southern gospel music, or any other genre under the mighty "Americana" umbrella, Nate's music is sure to put a smile on your face and rhythm in your step.
Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday
A Personal Note: This is pretty much my favorite thing ever. Not only did I get to make a record with my Starday music heroes, I was able to do it with Marty Stuart, members of his Fabulous Superlatives band (Chris Scruggs and Kenny Vaughan), and many more extremely talented musicians and friends. It's a dream come true and I'm counting my blessings every day that so many people came together to make this record a reality.
Label and Release:Bear Family Productions BCD17588 [CD]/ Gibson Records NG-2019 [2xLP]
Producer: Nate Gibson
Recorded and Mixed by: Mike Bridavsky (Russian Recording), Cris Burns (Ameripolitan Studios), Drew Carroll (The Bomb Shelter), Eddie Duquesne (The Bomb Shelter), Jon Estes (The Bomb Shelter), Bobby Flores (B.A.M. Recording Studios), Nate Gibson, Buck Jarrell (Buck's Place Recording), Roy Kay (Madrona Ranch), and Rich Morpurgo (Midwest Audio Recording)
Mastered by: Tom Meyer (Master & Servant)
Design by: Nate Gibson / Retrograph / Beck Rustic
Introduction to Notes: Marty Stuart, Frankie Miller
Liner Notes: Nate Gibson
Track Listing: 1. Rain Rain (Frankie Miller & Nate Gibson) 2. 18 Wheels A Rolling (Betty Amos with Judy & Jean & Nate Gibson) 3. Lonely (Sleepy LaBeef & Nate Gibson) 4. Little White Washed Chimney (Bill Clifton & Nate Gibson) 5. Pardon Me (Jesse McReynolds & Nate Gibson) 6. Find A New Woman (Arnold Parker & Nate Gibson) 7. Royal Flush (Darnell Miller & Nate Gibson) 8. Saints’ Banjo March (Little Roy Lewis & Nate Gibson) 9. Let's Get Wild (Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell & Nate Gibson) 10. We've Got Things In Common (June Stearns & Nate Gibson) 11. All the Time (Sleepy LaBeef & Nate Gibson) 12. On the Cross (Margie Singleton & Nate Gibson) 13. Ain't No Room In the Church (Little Roy Lewis & Nate Gibson) 14. Duck Tail (Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell & Nate Gibson) 15. Nobody But You (Jesse McReynolds & Nate Gibson) 16. Mark of Cain (Darnell Miller & Nate Gibson) 17. Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar) (Betty Amos with Judy & Jean & Nate Gibson) 18. My Special Dream (Margie Singleton & Nate Gibson) 19. Sippin' On A Sud (Wade Jackson & Nate Gibson) 20. Back To You (Darnell Miller & Nate Gibson) 21. Mary Dear (Bill Clifton & Nate Gibson) 22. Family Man (Frankie Miller & Nate Gibson) 23. Slippin' Around (June Stearns & Nate Gibson) 24. I'm Through (Sleepy LaBeef & Nate Gibson) 25. The Spook (Nate Gibson - CD Only)
Musicians: Tim Atwood - piano; Dena El Saffar - fiddle; Pete Finney - pedal steel guitar; Nate Gibson - vocals, acoustic guitar, upright bass; Steve Hinson - electric guitar, pedal steel guitar; Bobby Horton - steel guitar; Timon Kaple - bass six; Kevin Kathey - drums; Mike Lee - acoustic guitar; Little Roy Lewis - banjo, acoustic guitar; Carl Sonny Leyland - piano; Lizzy Long - fiddle, vocals; Jesse McReynolds - mandolin; John McTigue III - drums; Jerry Miller - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, dobro; Tim Moore - drums; Dave Roe - upright bass; Joe Rucker - backing vocals; Chris Scruggs - drums, steel guitar, electric guitar, upright bass, dobro; Kevin Smith - upright bass; Lonnie Spiker - electric bass, backing vocals; Marty Stuart - mandolin; Bobby Trimble - drums; Tom Umberger - electric guitar; Kenny Vaughan - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Nate Gibson - Got Another Baby b/w Duck Butt
A Personal Note: Back in 2016 I had the privilege of being booked at the New England Shake-Up to perform and talk about my Starday research. While I was there I learned that Todd Cambio in Portland, ME had purchased and rebuilt the Event Records studio, originally founded by Al Hawkes. I immediately booked a session with my pals Sean, Matt, and Kris for the day after the Shake-Up and picked out a couple tunes to record--one of my all-time favorite Link Wray Starday tunes and an original novelty tune I wrote called Duck Butt. Al and Barbara Hawkes were kind enough to put me up for the night and Al even came by the studio to hang out and loan me Lenny Breau's 1930's Gibson guitar for the session. It was such a fun session with great friends, talented musicians, and amazing equipment. I'd highly recommend Todd's Acadia Recording studio to everyone out there who digs recording on vintage analog gear, especially those who want to record on the same audio equipment that first captured the sounds of Dick Curless, Curtis Johnson, Ricky Coyne, Lenny Breau, the Lilly Brothers w/ Don Stover, and so many more!
Label and Release:Swelltune Records SR45-002
Producer: Sean Mencher
Recorded and Mixed by: Todd Hutchisen (Acadia Recording Co., Portland, ME)
Mastered by: Shorty Poole
Design by: Beck Rustic
Track Listing: 1. Got Another Baby 2. Duck Butt
Musicians: Nate Gibson (guitar, vocals), Kris Day (upright bass, backing vocals), Matt Robbins (electric guitar, backing vocals), Sean Mencher (backing vocals)
Nate Gibson & Friends (The Barnshakers, Deke Dickerson, Double K, The Hi-Fly Rangers, Wyatt Maxwell, Sean Mencher, Jerry Miller, Lester Peabody, and many more) – The Starday Sessions
A Personal Note: This one's a rockin' tribute to my favorite record label, Starday Records. When I began writing The Starday Story, more and more Starday songs were added to my repertoire. This album is a collection of some of my favorite songs recorded with some of my favorite musicians (and people!). It is dedicated to the many Starday artists who befriended me and contributed to the Starday book and radio documentary. I couldn't possibly record songs by every Starday artist on this single album, but included here are loving tributes to my friends Glenn Barber, Luke Gordon, Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell, Orangie Ray Hubbard, Rose Lee Maphis, Ralph Stanley, and many others. ¡Viva la Starday!
Label and Release: Goofin' GRCD 6177
Producer: Nate Gibson
Recorded and Mixed by: Al Hawkes, Marko Julkunen, K. Kunnas, and Mike Lee
Mastered by: Mike Bridavsky, Russian Recording
Design by: Nate Gibson and Rhumboogie Design, Cover Photo: Tall and Small Photography
Liner Notes: Starday rockabilly legend, Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell
Track Listing: 1. Shadow My Baby (with the Hi-Fly Rangers) 2. Hot Time in Nashville (with Deke Dickerson and Jerry Miller) 3. The Woman I Love (with the Barnshakers) 4. How Come You Do Me Like You Do (with Jerry Miller) 5. Sweet Love (with the Hi-Fly Rangers) 6. I'd Rather Be Forgotten (with the Grass House Gang feat. Sean Mencher) 7. Baby's Gone (with Jerry Miller) 8. Where There's A Will (with the Barnshakers) 9. I Don't Want A Sweetheart (with the Hi-Fly Rangers) 10. Daisy May (with Jerry Miller) 11. I Gotta Know (with the Grass House Gang feat. Sean Mencher) 12. Jig-Ga-Lee-Ga (with Wyatt Maxwell) 13. Down In the Holler (with the Hi-Fly Rangers) 14. Carolina Bound (with Jerry Miller) 15. Y'all Come (with Deke Dickerson)
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Eric Bindler (backing vocals), Deke Dickerson (electric guitar, eefing), Double K (electric guitar), Peter Ermey (backing vocals), Al Hawkes (mandolin), Jake Kamp (upright bass), Shane Kiel (upright bass), Adam Lee (handclaps, fingersnaps), Mike Lee (backing vocals), Mika Liikari (upright bass), Carter Logan (banjo), Jake Lähdeniemi (upright bass), Kevin MacDowell (backing vocals), Derek Malone (upright bass), Wyatt Maxwell (electric guitar, upright bass, handclaps, fingersnaps), Sean Mencher (electric guitar), Collin Miles (backing vocals), Jerry Miller (electric guitar), Emma O'Donnell (fiddle), Zach Ovington (fiddle), Lester Peabody (electric guitar), Thomas Grant Richardson (backing vocals), Jeremy Shere (backing vocals)
Nate Gibson with the Hi-Fly Rangers – Shadow My Baby
A Personal Note: While touring in support of The Starday Story in 2011, I paired up with Finland's renowned Hi-Fly Rangers to perform a Starday rockabilly tribute during Helsinki Rockabilly Week. We had a ball doing our wild rockabilly trio thing and got together the following winter to make these recordings in Järvenpää and Ohkala, Finland. Released prior to our U.S. summer tour alongside Johnny Carlevale, Eddie Clendening, the Roy Kay Trio, Kim Lenz & her Jaguars, Sean Mencher, and many others, the CD was quickly sold out.
Producer: Nate Gibson and K. Kunnas
Recorded and Mixed by: K. Kunnas at Mudlake Garage Social Club, Jarvenpää and Stardust Project Room, Ohkola, Finland
Mastered by: Mike Bridavsky, Russian Recording
Design: Nate Gibson and K. Kunnas
Track Listing: 1. Shadow My Baby 2. I Don't Want A Sweetheart 3. Two Timer 4. Some Words 5. Move Around 6. Don't Do It 7. Open Your Eyes 8. Too Much Water 9. Don't Push-Don't Shove 10. Out Of My Mind
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Double K (electric guitar), Jake Lähdeniemi (backing vocals, upright bass)
Nate Gibson – GO! GO! GO!
A Personal Note: I used to love watching the Spurs, the Coachmen, and Jack Smith and the Rockabilly Planet when I lived in Boston. The sonic fireworks shot off from Jerry Miller's Gretsch never ceased to amaze me. Then I moved to Bloomington, Indiana for graduate school and found out that Jerry, when not on tour with Eilen Jewell, was also spending his time in Bloomington. I called on my St. Lou buddies Shane Kiel (Wayne Hancock, Two Timin' Three) and Jake Kamp (Kim Lenz & her Jaguars) and we arranged a few sessions. It felt just like old times… We did some rockabilly, some western swing. A little bit of gospel. I wrote my first song in the Finnish language and even busted out the Jaminator toy guitar for one song. It was, in two words, a blast! Available as a CD or a Limited Edition vinyl release of only 300 copies, featuring bowling ball-esque swirled vinyl and individually hand-printed jacket sleeves by Amanda Lee!
Label and Release: Gibson Records NG-2012
Produced by: Nate Gibson and Mike Lee
Recorded and Mixed by: Mike Lee, at The Stereophonic Headquarters for the Rise of the Omnimodern Epoch
Mastered by: Mike Bridavsky, Russian Recording
Artwork and Design: Amanda Lee
Track Listing: 1. Daisy May 2. How Come You Do Me Like You Do 3. I Got Along Without You Before I Met You (I Can Get Along Without You Now) 4. Little Red Barn 5. Crazy Blues 6. An Immaculate Confection (The Necco Song) 7. Evenin' Time 8. Nater B. Goode 9. Ain't No Room In the Church For Liars 10. Kentucky Means Paradise 11. Muka Rakastit 12. King of the Open Road
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar, jaminator), Jake Kamp (upright bass – 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 12), Shane Kiel (upright bass – 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11), Jerry Miller (electric guitar, pedal steel guitar), Betsy Shepherd (backing vocals, handclaps, and fingersnaps – 7, 8), The Vallures – Jes Franco, Libby Scherer, & Laura Wanner (backing vocals, handclaps, and fingersnaps – 5, 7, 8, 11)
Nate Gibson & the Grass House Gang
A Personal Note: A while back I wrote an article about my friend Al Hawkes (of Allerton and Alton fame) for Bluegrass Unlimited. Al asked if there was anything he could do to thank me. While I was not expecting any sort of thanks, I couldn't help but think about Al's recording studio in Westbrook, Maine and how Al had founded Event Records and recorded Dick Curless, Lenny Breau, the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover, Curtis Johnson, Ricky Coyne, Hal Lone Pine & Betty Cody, and so many more greats. I remembered Al's mutual love for bluegrass, honky-tonk, and rockabilly and that we had several mutual friends in the Portland/Boston area. I suggested a rockin' bluegrass recording session at Event with friends from the Sean Mencher Combo, Girl Howdy, Jerks of Grass, and Jittery Jack and to my surprise, Al was game. Not only was he game, we even recorded his original "Baby, Baby" rocker and Al played on two tracks! My pal Fred Chao completed the project with his incredible artistic touch.
Label and Release: Gibson Records
Producer: Al Hawkes
Recorded and Mixed by: Al Hawkes, Event Recording Studios
Mastered by: Chris Cugini, Appleman Studios
Artwork and Design: Fred Chao
Track Listing: 1. I Gotta Know 2. I'd Rather Be Forgotten 3. (Back Home Again In) Indiana 4. I'm Through Lovin' You 5. Baby, Baby
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Al Hawkes (mandolin), Carter Logan (banjo), Derek Malone (upright bass), Sean Mencher (electric guitar), Emma O'Donnell (fiddle), Zach Ovington (fiddle)
Nate Gibson & the Gashouse Gang – All the Way Home
A Personal Note: Our second album was just the second to be released on Cow Island Music, which has gone on to release fantastic albums by JP Harris & the Tough Choices, Arty Hill, Janis Martin, Li'l Mo and the Monicats, Preacher Jack, the Starline Rhythm Boys, and other rockin' honky-tonk goodness. We had a blast recording for them our original songs of truck driving, trolley driving, crappy hunting dogs and more, as well as our favorite honky-tonk, Hawaiian, boogie, and rockabilly obscurities (such as the Spinal Tap title track). My pal Don Pierce, Co-Founder and President of Starday Records, even wrote the liner notes for it. Sadly, Don passed away just two weeks after having the introduction, intermission, and outro recorded. Then, just as we were about to have our CD release party, my good friend and bass player for the previous six years, Jon Johnson, also passed away. They are dearly missed and this album is dedicated to them both.
Label and Release: Cow Island Music CIM 002
Producer: Nate Gibson
Recorded and Mixed by: Chris Cugini, Appleman Studios, Additional Recording: Phil Aiken, Federico House, Stoughton, MA and Beaverwood Studios, Hendersonville, TN
Mastered by: Matt Azevedo, M Works, Cambridge, MA
Artwork by: Nate Gibson & Garet McIntyre, Cover Photo: Rex Trailer
Liner Notes: Don Pierce
Track Listing: 1. Intro 2. All the Way Home 3. My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now 4. Don't Wait 5. My Heart Gets Lonely 6. The Hukilau Song 7. Who Shot Willie 8. Intermission 9. We Need A Whole Lot More of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock and Roll) 10. Ol' Roy 11. Trolley Tour Boogie 12. The Auctioneer 13. Divorce Me C.O.D. 14. Wal-Mart Wino 15. My Big 18 16. Outro
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar, trumpet), Clyde Beavers (recitation), the Legendary Rich Gilbert (steel guitar), Jeffrey Herring (electric guitar), Jon Johnson (upright bass), Tommy Long (drums), Lynnette Lynker (vocals), Matt Petitpas (backing vocals), Travis 'Daddy-O' Quam (melodica), Kevin Stevenson (vocals), Steve Toebes (piano)
Nate Gibson & the Gashouse Gang with Rex Trailer and Kenny Roberts
A Personal Note: As part of my undergraduate songwriting thesis at Emerson College I had to write and record at least ten original songs under the supervision of New England cowboy legend Rex Trailer. On our first day of songwriting together we took a snack break and discovered that we were each chomping on Necco wafers. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. While writing songs, we learned that Kenny Roberts, the "Jumping Cowboy" and the "King of the Yodelers," was living nearby. Both Rex and Kenny were Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Famers. They each hosted children's television shows in the '50s and '60s and each had regularly performed with Bill Haley pre-Comets. And yet, they had never met. We invited Kenny to sing and yodel with us and we were overjoyed by his response. A few sessions were booked with backing from my friends in Boston's best rockin' bands: the Racketeers, Dave Aaronoff & the Details, the Bombastics, the Bourbonaires, the Kings of Nuthin', the Shods, the Stumbleweeds, and many more. And in case you were wondering, I got an A!
Label and Release: Dosado Records DR 1006
Produced by: Nate Gibson,
Recorded and Mixed by: Rob Lowe, Renaissance Studios, Boston, MA
Additional Engineering: Phil Aiken, Federico House, Stoughton, MA
Mastered by: Dana White, Specialized Mastering, Framingham, MA
Design: Nate Gibson & Abby Getman, Cover Photo: Emily Gabrian, Inside Cover Art by Bradley Smith
Liner Notes: Host of Boomtown, USA, Rex Trailer
Track Listing: 1. All I Wanted Was a Dance 2. An Immaculate Confection (The Necco Song) (with Rex Trailer) 3. Whispering Pines 4. The Snow Globe Song 5. The King of the Yodelers (with Kenny Roberts) 6. Treatin' Me Like A Ping-Pong Ball 7. She Won't Wear A Bra ('Cause She Don't Need It) 8. I Can't Sell My Broken Heart on eBay 9. The Remote to the T.V. (with Rex Trailer and Kenny Roberts) 10. Don't 'Nathan David' Me 11. I Don't Need Liquor For A Good Time (I Need Liquor To Survive)
Musicians: Nate Gibson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Dave Aaronoff (accordion and vocals), Phil Aiken (piano), Leigh Calabrese (musical saw), Liam Crill (drums), Chris DeBarge (pedal steel), Dawson Hill (piano), Rich Holbrook (upright bass), Jon Johnson (upright bass), Dan Matz (drums), Kenny Roberts (vocals), Dana Stewart (drums), Chris Toppin (vocals), Rex Trailer (vocals), Tom Umberger (electric guitar)
What They Are Saying About Nate Gibson
“Nate Gibson is a man I admire and a rare bird, indeed. Nate is a singer, picker, explorer, preservationist, musical scholar, author and all around natural born cat. His mission during this chapter of his life is mining the legacy of the eternally hip Starday Records and its stars of the 1950s-1960s, re-energizing the brand and bringing the Starday story into the presence of a newly minted twenty-first-century audience.
“Gibson, a fine purveyor of hillbilly boogie in his own right, has released a musical tribute to "the house that country music built," and it's unexpectedly great... Gibson's frantic energy is natural; he neither croons nor does he resort to fake Elvis muttering. It's not hyperbole to suggest that this CD is on par with Starday originals like Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell or Glenn Barber. Tribute? More like a party.” – James Porter, Ugly Things
“Gibson is joined by some of the leading lights on the international roots music scene...and uses his powerful voice to good effect. As Rudy [Grayzell] rightly observes, this dynamic collection will "rattle your rockabilly heart" and "knock your socks off." A fitting tribute [to Starday] and highly recommended.” – Harry Dodds, Now Dig This
“The terms ‘renaissance man’ and ‘honky-tonk singer’ don't often describe the same person, but both fit Nate Gibson. As frontman for his throwback country band, Nate Gibson and the Gashouse Gang, the Kansas-reared transplant is one of the leading lights of Boston’s emerging honky-tonk scene.” – Christopher Blagg, Boston Herald
“It’s a good, tongue-in-cheek, shit-kickin’ (can I say that?) album, and it needs to be in everyone’s party CD collection to liven things up. The most perverse song is ‘Immaculate Confection.’ It's about Necco wafers and the factory over in Cambridge. Why perverse? These guys take an unnatural interest in the damn wafers. I’ll be the first to coin the phrase... the name of Nate and the boys’ music... NECCOBILLY.” – Mike Loce, The Noise
“Every so often, peripheral liner notes reveal the essence of an album. Take what Nate Gibson says about the song “My Big 18”: ‘OK, kids, this is the last song. Time to gather ‘round the campfire for this one. We’re gonna have a happy, hand-clapping hoedown jamboree old-time get-together barn dance sing-along hootenanny truck-driving jubilee-type thing. Sing along!’ That's an accurate description of this entire album.” – Brian T. Atkinson, Country Standard Time