The Gibsons began with Jerry Martin Gibson, born in a small town nestled in the mountains of North Georgia. Jerry grew up listening to music of Eric Clapton, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Duane Allman. As Lynyrd Skynyrd hit the Southern Rock scene, he was impressed by Ronnie Van Zant’s vocal and writing ability and the way Rossington, King, and Allen Collins could make their guitars talk. After playing in several cover bands, Jerry put together an all original, heavy southern rock band, Diamondbak.The original Diamondbak included Jerry on vocals, Bob Burns on drums (Skynyrd’s first drummer), Harry O’Brien on bass, Joel Huggins on guitar, and Max Hood on guitar. They wrote and recorded several songs at Jerry’s Beavertoons Studio in the Atlanta area along with some of the biggest names in the industry. Some of the friends that recorded and rehearsed at Beavertoons were Brent Daniel (Shebang); Peter Stroud (Shebang and now playing with Sheryl Crowe); T. Lavitz (Dixie Dregs); Jerry Riggs (Riggs); Jeremy Graf (Riggs); and Rick Richards (The Hell Hounds, now Georgia Satellites). Just after getting an invitation to meet with Jimmy Johnson in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Harry suffered a debilitating accident and the band dispersed.
Jerry left the music scene for several years after his son Shane Paul was born. He began writing again, but this time for the Lord. He wrote and recorded “The Path,” with Nashville area studio musicians. Jerry saw that Shane had an interest in music and he began taking guitar lessons at age 9 from Al Ward. At the age of 17, Shane is still bending strings and writing alongside his Dad. Together, they wrote, recorded and produced their first Southern Rock Christian album entitled “Sing For The Lord,” at Gibzone Studio, established by Jerry and Shane in 2006. Shane worked alongside Bo Hinson of The Hinsons in the studio learning to engineer, mix, and master.
Two years after opening the studio several albums have been produced, the latest entitled “Southern Rock Revival. Not only did Shane engineer, mix, and master the project, he also played all instruments. After writing over 20 songs, Jerry and Shane put together The Gibsons, which nowadays include Jake Janzen on drums along with Tony Richardson on bass.
The lyrics are all truth, none of them fabricated to create a song. The Gibsons’ intention is to shine the light into the darkness and boldly go where most Christians fear to tread.
Also check out The Gibsons interview with puresouthernrock.com.
2006 Sing For The Lord
2009 Shine The Light
2011 Southern Rock Revival
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