Album – MAKIN’ A MESS (OF COMMERCIAL SUCCESS)

Bob Gibson FUNKY IN THE COUNTRY

MAKIN' A MESS (of Commercial Success) BOB GIBSON SINGS SHEL SILVERSTEIN

This was Bob Gibson’s last recording. By the time work on this album had begun, the trademark 12-string was silenced but not the voice. Accompanied by The Nashville Pickers, and with the vocal backing of a host of musical luminaries including John Hartford, Emmy Lou Harris, Peter Yarrow, Elaine MacFarlane, Josh White, Jr., Ed McCurdy, Tom Paxton, Oscar Brand, Glenn Yarborough, Cathryn Craig, Dennis Locorriere and Barbara Bailey Hutchinson, Bob Gibson made his final recording. Fittingly, it was produced by Shel Silverstein – one of Bob’s closest friends and his longest musical collaborator – and Kyle Lehning of Asylum. It features an array of Silverstein songs which run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. This is quintessential Gibson doing quintessential Silverstein.

Musicians:
John Hartford
Sam Bush
Mark Casstevens
Doyle Grisham
David Hungate
Stuart Duncan
Sylvia Lowry

Produced by Kyle Lehning and Shel Silverstein

Asylum Records 1995

Without Bob Gibson, a generation of creative artists who didn’t fit comfortably into country or pop pigeonhole would not have had careers today. For three generations, Bob has lead the way performing with Pete Seeger, Eric Darling, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Even pop group R.E.M. credits Gibson as a mentor.

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MAKIN' A MESS - Liner Notes

NEWS, REVIEWS & NOTES

Gibson was a folkie decades into his career, but the album, recorded in Nashville, was a country-oriented effort. Overall, it was a pleasant but minor effort, providing more of a light coda to Gibson’s career rather than a real conclusion, though it was his last album to be released in his lifetime.

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