Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to Starday Bluegrass Gospel Legend Carl Story

Well, technically it was May 29th, but I'm posting belated Happy Birthday wishes to honor the late, great Carl Story (1916-1995). Story joined the Starday ranks in 1957 when Mercury-Starday released 3 blazing bluegrass instrumentals (at the request of Don Pierce) and one stellar LP (though not every track is considered to be bluegrass, Story's 1957 Mercury-Starday album is considered to be among the first ever bluegrass LPs). When Pierce revived the Starday label in Nashville in 1958, Story was among the first acts signed to the new label. 17 LPs, 11 EPs, and 9 singles later, Story was still recording his classic brand of bluegrass gospel mountain music for Starday when Pierce sold the label in 1968. As I was researching the book, Carl's widow Helen was very kind and helpful to me and I am so grateful for her assistance with the details of Carl's recording career and in tracking down many of the Starday bluegrass legends. Youtube is full of classic Carl Story Starday recordings, but in this video, user Jeffery Birchfield actually posted the entirety of SLP278, a really great live recording: Enjoy friends and Rest in Peace Carl. And Happy Belated Birthday!

New Article about my upcoming Fall '13 Country Music and the World course

Very exciting! Today an article about my Fall '13 Country Music and the World course is the featured spotlight on the Inside IU Bloomington website. My many thanks to Jennifer Piurek and Inside IUB! Check it out:

And if you are interested in enrolling, we still have 13 available seats as of today (May 30th).

GLLC-G210 (32504)   Country Music and the World
(TR, 2:30–3:45 pm , FQ012A)
(3 cr.) (CASE A&H)(CASE Global Civ & Culture) (GenEd A&H)
Instructor: Nate Gibson

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Festivals and Music Calender Update

Alright, the weather's gettin' warmer and that means it's time to play some music! Here are some Summer festivals and show dates which are fast approaching. Hope to see some of you there!

June 6th - Screamin' Festival, Calella, Spain (with Hi-Fly Rangers and special Starday guest Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell!)
June 13th - Iltatori, Salo, Finland (with 
The Fab. Fontanaires)
June 28th - Puistoblues Festival, Järvenpää, Finland (with Hi-Fly Rangers, showtime 16:45)
July 13th - Ruuhijärvi Hepcat's Hop, Ruuhijärvi, Finland (with Eino Rastas and Mika Liikari)
July 19th - Emilia Klubi, Hamenliina, Finland (with special guests!)
July 20th - Big Wheels, Pieksämäki, Finland (with Hi-Fly Rangers)
Aug. 3rd - Private Wedding, Järvenpää, Finland (with Hi-Fly Rangers)
Aug. 17th - Real Gone Rock'n'Roll Weekender, Sastamala, Finland (with Hi-Fly Rangers, 2 shows)

Photo by Tall and Small Photography

Monday, May 27, 2013

Reviews for the Nate Gibson & Friends - The Starday Sessions CD are starting to come in...

And so far so good... My many thanks to Henry Dodds and Now Dig This magazine for a wonderful review of the new Nate Gibson & Friends - The Starday Sessions CD (Issue No. 362, pg. 34). Check it out! And of course, the album is available from Goofin Records at and other fine music retail outlets.