"Storm Warning" On the follow up to 1999's "Something For Everyone" Nashville based guitarist Jim Gibson has moved things on again. The New Orleans/Louisiana influence has been replaced this time by a more soulful streak. Just to reinforce it, Steve Cropper is drafted in on guitar for a couple of tracks.
Mighty Mo Rodgers also puts in an appearance, sharing vocals on the opener "Love Don't Always Do". It is a cracking soul workout, with Cropper on guitar and some very tasty sax from Jerry Peterson. Cropper later returns for the equally excellent mambo-based "Say When". Although these two are probably the best tracks, there is plenty of other good stuff too, all of which Gibson wrote. Tunes like "It's Too Late", with its almost Bonnie Raitt-like slide guitar interlude, and "Extra Special Delivery", for example, both chug along nicely. Elsewhere there is a chance to boogie too, on the horn laden "Storm Warning" where ZZ Top meet John Hiatt. Gibson also does a couple of songs solo on resonator. The first of these, "Joy Ride", does not appear to have anything to do with cars, despite its title!
On first hearing, the upbeat rock'n'roll stylings of "Can't Slow Down", with its excellent swinging horns, seems like a natural place to end. There is one more track, however, as Gibson takes things home with the slightly lower key, but highly effective closer, "Rock Paper Scissors".
Jim Gibson fits inside a musical triangle that has Hiatt, Raitt, and Delbert McClinton at its corners. There is much to admire about "Storm Warning", an album that rewards repeated plays, and is worth tracking down
Gordon Baxter - Blues on Stage
"Something for Everyone" Singer/songwriter Jim Gibson's debut CD "Something For Everyone" first appeared in 1999. Although raised in Savannah, GA, Gibson has landed in several places across the US, and this is reflected in the rather eclectic style of music that appears on the album. The element that shines through strongest, however, is blues based music from New Orleans/Louisiana.
The opening track, "Hey Joe, Where Did Sara Go?" kicks things off nicely, mixing together a light funky New Orleans beat with a smattering of zydeco. It has a nice familiar feel to it, which is backed up by "Easy Come, Easy Go" which sounds not unlike the sort of thing that Little Feat used to do so well, especially when you take into account the slide guitar. This feel also reappears later on "The More You Get, The More You Want."
Although Gibson wrote all the tunes here, the influences seem fairly clear in a few places. "California," for example, has shades of Steely Dan about it, "Angel of Mercy" suggests Ry Cooder, "Savannah" hints at Randy Newman ("Louisiana 1917") and the vocals on the soulful "Rendezvous" even call to mind Bruce Springsteen. The geographical influence of New Orleans comes over strongest in the wailing clarinet sound of the jazzy "A Few Miles Away From Home." It also features in the funky "She Don't Know" which has some very neat rolling piano.
"Something For Everyone" pretty much lives up to its title. It has blues, soul, funk and jazz, all done rather well by Jim Gibson and his cohorts. Regardless of style, the band always carries things off, and the quality of the songs is, on the whole, very good indeed. Several of the tunes on the album could quite easily be attributed to more famous artists. All in all, "Something For Everyone" is a good album that should appeal to those who like a bit of variety with plenty of New Orleans influence.
Gordon Baxter - Blues on Stage
Jim Gibson‘s CD Turn It Around is the first time I have heard this American singer/ songwriter/ guitarist and bass player since his Storm Warning album back in 2002. That set had guests Steve Cropper and Mighty Mo’ Rodgers, whereas this CD presents Jim with the support of a fairly regular bunch of musicians. One other difference is that there is no secular material on this set - but don’t expect a gospel CD, or at least not what you might expect from that term. Reasonably straightforward gospel is present - Jim is an extremely soulful singer - but so is high class blues-rock, a different look at the Robert Johnson myth (with appropriate guitar), a shuffle or two, downhome blues arrangements and a version of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ that is Duane Allman with Professor Longhair and band. Engagingly different then!
Norman Darwen - Blues in Britain
“Turn It Around”
Five Points ( Maximum)
A roots-album of special quality! The excellent variety of styles that singer, guitarist and songwriter Jim Gibson delivers, is hard to find! The journey begins with the perfectly produced “40 Days”, a great Santana-Latin-flavored song with magnificent solo-guitar, great vocals and a good melody -line. The following “Nothing Compares To Your Love” is a mid-tempo rocker which would suit even the E-Street Band fine. The Album shows also a lot of blues. There’s a song in the best Robert-Johnson-myth (“before You Deal With The Devil”) with excellent acoustic and electric slide guitar, as well as a classic guitar-blues-tune “Stand Up For Jesus”. One can hear some gospel too, with a great choir on “Lord Hear My Prayer” or with a singing slide and a sort of New -Orleans -feeling on “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, which is the only cover song on the album. Gibson’s music comes with perfect instrumentation, there is also enough room for the Hammond B-3 and superb saxophones. But what impresses the most are Gibson’s great voice and his diversified songwriting. Highly recommended!
Dietmar Hoscher - Concerto Magazine 6/2005