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Sings Motherwell Johnston

by C. Gibbs

Unchaperoned 03:18
Cordelaine 04:03
Cold Bikram 03:47
Aidan 03:34
Vegan Feast 03:07
Slow 07:59


Recorded at Grand Street Recording over a span of two years. This album chronicles the fictitious Motherwell Johnston-An Alias Gibbs began using to try new songs live without having any expectations from those who might be familiar with his past work. Having remained amazingly obscure throughout most of his career, the alias was probably not necessary but what began as a quirky experiment soon gave birth to some infectious powerful songs brought to life with the rock swagger of a new band including Tim Kuhl (Goaast)-Drums, Matt Brandau (Old Ceremony ) - Bass, and Phil Sterk (Alana Amram) -on pedal Steel. Gibbs even went as far as changing his personal appearance live ; long hair topped with an arctic faux fur hat and a rust colored suit at times donning some thick backwoods fly-fisherman protective sunglasses - Sometimes he does shows as "Motherwell Johnston" but he says"I'm lazy and spending hours in front of my laptop designing more facebook, bandcamp, and soundcloud accounts for yet another band name is something that deterred me.. I'd rather be writing and recording music than messing with that." Hence the album came out as C.Gibbs sings Motherwell Johnston. A script was later written inspired by the album and concept by playwright and director Andrea Stover. Gibbs happened to be working as an actor / musician at Oregon Shakespeare Festival when they submitted it to the Black Lab project and then did a reading of the play with Gibbs performing all the music and text as Motherwell Johnston . A musical is in the works for 2017.


released June 30, 2015

Produced by C. Gibbs
Recorded , Engineered , and Mixed by Ken Rich
C. Gibbs - Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Hammond B3, Keys, Other stuff, Bass (Vegan Feast)
Tim Kuhl- Drums, Percussion
Matt Brandau- Bass
Phil Sterk- Pedal Steel, Marimbas
Guest Musicians:
Rick Parker- Trombone
Ryan Smith- Sax
Geoff Countryman- Sax
Matsuya Tanaka- Trumpet
Ken Rich- Percussion, Shaker, Tambourine


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C. Gibbs 8th album " Tales from the Terramar" is his latest release . He has released over 15 albums under different monikers (Lucinda Black Bear, He Arrived By Helicopter, The Droves) .
He is currently on tour in Switzerland with his longtime backing European backing band “ The Handsome Two”

Come to Switzerland in Sept 2023 to catch them live
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