Album – PAXTON & GIBSON At Navy Pier
Paxton & Gibson
TOM PAXTON AND BOB GIBSON
RECORDED DURING CHICAGOFEST AT THE NAVY PIER AUDITORIUM, AUGUST 7, 1980
Recorded, produced and hosted by Rich Warren
This album appears to have released by a label called Klondike supposedly “under license from ODL” but searching for information about ODL has been fruitless. Apparently, several other live recordings by the Byrds, Canned Heat, Leonard Cohen and others have also been released by this shadowy outfit.
But it is a great recording of a wonderful performance by Bob Gibson and Tom Paxton and we are glad to share it here!
KXRT-FM Broadcast from Navy Pier
News, Reviews & Notes
A prized performance from two American folk legends that came together as kindred spirits. Gibson had laid the foundations for the likes of Paxton, Phil Ochs, David Crosby and Judy Collins in the late 50s while a new generation would learn from his pen. Roger McGuinn and Fred Neil felt indebted to his service as an inspiring folk figure. Such was the enormity of praise and devotion given to Gibson.
Promoting the release of Tom Paxton’s Up and Up from 1979 and his latest Paxton Report, backs up an esteemed repertoire with his own grandiose chunk of wit and depth. Paxton and Gibson command with an abundance of humor and insight between them, coined with palpable cool. Sadly, a little over a decade later, Gibson succumbed to an illness in 1996, leaving a huge chasm in the field of folk, one reason why this performance makes for an undoubtedly special footnote in modern folk. Engaging, provocative and sincere are three choice words of praise that somehow, still don’t reach far enough. [sic]