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1/26 8p: Vance Gilbert @Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT

Friday, January 26, 2018 8p

Vance Gilbert

With Kerri Powers

Infinity Music Hall

20 W. Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44), Norfolk, CT

phone: 860-542-5531

Price: $24.00



The Art of Storytelling

Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at the Historic Infinity Hall

His reputation precedes him. But that’s no reason to let an opportunity to see Vance Gilbert pass you by! Fresh off a tour of Australia, Vance has for some time now been a major mover of the singer-songwriter scene. His penchant for storytelling, mingled with his terrific sense of humor makes a Gilbert gig a lively event indeed. And, oh by the way, if you’ve heard the man’s latest album, Nearness of You—or any of his albums for that matter—you know he can sing.

Gilbert was born and raised in the Philly area and he started his career in Boston aspiring to be a jazz singer. But things happened, and he soon found himself in the warm embrace of the singer-songwriter world, opening for folks like Shawn Colvin and later comedians George Carlin and Paul Reiser. One of those shows, in Dallas, earned him some good press from the local paper: “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener.” Of course, that was ages ago. But the fact is, Gilbert has only gotten to be a more engaging performer, with beautiful, worldly stories, finely honed guitar technique, and a voice that delivers.

Over two decades-plus in the music business, Vance has produced a healthy helping of great recordings, including the widely raved about BaD Dog Buffet. Old White Men hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart on its release and Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 Records of the Year upon its release in 2005. Perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this particular press release is the fact that Vance’s live album, Somerville Live, issued in 2000, was described by the Boston Globe as a work “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” And we haven’t even talked about Nearness of You, which features Vance singing stripped down versions of 14 of his jazz faves.

Vance’s upcoming gig at Infinity Hall will be reliably memorable. His show is entertaining, his stories are by turns funny and poignant, and his music, above all, is well worth hearing.

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10/5: Vance Gilbert LIVE at Eddie’s Attic

Thursday, October 5, Eddie’s Attic (515 N McDonough St, Decatur, Georgia) features Vance Gilbert live!

Boston based Vance Gilbert started out hoping to sing jazz, later gravitating towards the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music.
Shawn Colvin made him special guest on her Fat City tour. With 12 albums (5 for Rounder Records), Gilbert has been opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin and Arlo Guthrie, later opening 140+ shows for the late George Carlin.
More recently he’s consistently fronted Paul Reiser, the Milk Carton Kids, and the Subdudes.
He has tunes on pop star Mike Posner’s upcoming album, and a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album.
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TOMORROW 10/7 Don’t miss Vance Gilbert @Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington (OH)

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We had the pleasure of promoting these little gems from Vance Gilbert


and something jazzy…


Northeast singer-songwriter

Vance Gilbert’s

Nearness Of You

Took 2 mics, one guitar, and 35 years to make

The acoustic singer-songwriter scene stalwart finally got the courage to sit down and record this album filled with the most venerated of tunes – tunes he has sprinkled throughout his sets of sparkling originals for years. To be exact, that’s thirty-five years of honing these tunes and having them in his remarkably accomplished music quiver. Courage, because few can just sit down and play and sing songs by Duke Ellington or Thelonius Monk.

Recently encouraged by fans who offered to fund an album of these all-time standards, Vance found his way to a loft studio manned solely by Sean Staples (Resophonics, Session Americana) who hung just two microphones on their stands, sat Vance in a chair, and said “sing close up on the mic like it was someone’s ear you care about.” And thus was finally birthed the quiet, intimate magic that is Nearness Of You.

Highlights? His rubato meditation on “Moonlight In Vermont” perfectly explores the most vulnerable parts of all of us courtesy of its un-rhymed poetry and Vance’s upper range. The exquisitely read “’Round Midnight has the only overdub amongst all of the 14 songs, and its worth the two passes to get the “trumpet” solo third verse.  A wondrous micro-set of Brazilian tunes is capped by Vance’s take on the Jorge Ben classic “Mas Que Nada”, where Vance and his nylon-stringed guitar sound like a whole samba band!  Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times” has been a recent addition to his live set, so Vance’s quiet, bedside-goodbye version is included here – a sad, dark, meditative lullaby that just couldn’t wait for a solo country album.  And check out the joyous careening-against-the-guardrails ragtime-swing guitar solo on “Ain’t Misbehavin’” if you think this album to be all about pretty vocals.

As if the tunes could get any more spare, “Laura” is as haunting as the portrait in movie from which it comes. The nearly acapella “Weaver Of Dreams” finishes this album off in a shameless, whispered proclamation of love.

When he initially burst onto the Northeast singer-songwriter scene in the early 90’s, buzz spread quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mikes? Opening all of Shawn Colvin’s 1992 Fat City tour flung the door wide open for the artist and he strode gracefully through it, taking acoustic America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour.

Requests came in from artists as widely varied as Arlo Guthrie and Anita Baker to have Vance as an opener. The late George Carlin had him open 140+ shows over a year and a half’s time. Most recently comedian and actor Paul Reiser has added Vance to a mess of his stand-up shows, as have R&B roots rockers the Subdudes. Known equally for his vocal and lyrical virtuosity and his comedic stage banter and stories, Vance has continued to garner new fans wherever he plays.  His live show has a reputation that precedes it.

Over the course of a decade in the music business, Vance has made many great recordings and his previous release, BaD Dog Buffet received rave reviews.  Why not? Vance is no stranger to critical acclaim. Old White Men hit the Top 10 for 2 straight months on the Folk DJ chartUnfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 CD’s of the Year and his live album, and Somerville Live was cited by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.”

And now Nearness Of You. Not so much a departure from his acoustic singer-songwriter station, more like a long awaited and welcomed arrival.

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