Album – UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

Bob Gibson FUNKY IN THE COUNTRY

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

By the mid-’80s, living on Chicago’s upper north side and the proprietor of his own chili parlor and music room, Bob was at the top of his game creatively. This album, produced by Anne Hills, was released on Hogeye Records which Bob founded along with Anne and Tom Paxton. These well-crafted and tastefully arranged songs are prime examples of some of Bob’s finest.

Hog Eye Records, 1984
Bob Gibson Legacy, 2008 (CD re-issue)

…a consistent collection of craftsmanlike original material that displayed the singer’s talents well. His love songs, notably “Rest of the Night” and “Lookin’ for the You,” were tender and wistful, and they were offset by the comic material, which he rendered equally well….

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ALL MUSIC
Wiiliam Ruhlmann

NEWS, REVIEWS & NOTES

…there’s a bone-weary wistfulness imbuing the record that’s only rarely evident beforehand. The guy had missed the train a number of times, cheated of his rightful place by Fate and Fortune, dames no one wants to mess with, and here seems reconciled with that….

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F A M E
Mark S. Tucker

…a highlight of the album is “Pilgrim,” a song about the universal search for the self. It is Gibson’s summation of what he learned in recovery. The song has become an anthem for Alcoholics Anonymous …

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Rambles Magazine
Michael Scott Cain

When I was a kid, my Uncle Bob and Aunt Beryl…said if I was going to be a serious songwriter I should study the masters, and that Bob Gibson was definitely among them. I wore holes in that record [UPTOWN] … With masterful writing, storytelling, lessons in history and humanity, that record was “Life 101” on vinyl.
JOE JENCKS

Joe Jencks