ReviewShine Wednesday: Susan Gibson

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.

Regardless of your personal feelings toward the Dixie Chicks (I made mine known back in the early days of the blog), you have to admit they always did a fairly good job of selecting material for their records.  Over the years, they mined the catalogues of artists such as Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Bonnie Raitt, Jim Lauderdale, & Buddy Miller for material.  A few weeks ago, I featured an album from songwriter Marcus Hummon, the man who wrote “Cowboy Take Me Away.”  This week, We’ll look at a new record from Susan Gibson, the songwriter responsible for “Wide Open Spaces.”

Gibson has been a fixture in the West Texas music scene since the late 1990’s and her time with Country-Rockers, The Groobies.  For her fourth studio album, Tight Rope, Gibson offers up  ten sparsely produced songs on which Gibson and producer Gabe Rhodes are the sole musicians.  Quick to turn a phrase on songs like “Evergreen” and Happy with Nothing,” Gibson displays the songwriting chops that earned her a CMA Songwriter of the year award in 1998 and an Entertainer of the Year award from the West Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Susan Gibson: Tightrope (Buy Album) album release date 2/14

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