Critically-acclaimed indie folk singer/songwriter/guitarist Christian Gibbs is set to release his new album SLEEP THE MACHINES on March 26th in North America. SLEEP THE MACHINES is the first acoustic album for Gibbs under his full name and his most stripped-down, personal work to date, relying on the strengths of his noted songwriting ability. Inspired by Gibbs‘ journey coming to terms with fatherhood, SLEEP THE MACHINES is produced by Andrew Hollander (“Sleep Walk With Me”) and was recorded live with just vocals and guitar. The album also features guest appearances by Cat Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams) on vocals and bass and Jon Graboff (Willie Nelson) on pedal steel.
Of SLEEP THE MACHINES, Christian Gibbs commented, “The album was so named due to the absence of editing, massive overdubs, and the usual onslaught of studio trickery ever so present in today’s musical climate. I was a little nervous at first as I’ve always recorded vocals last where you can edit them and finish the lyrics during the actual take. This process definitely took me out of my comfort zone initially, but I am very proud of the results.”
A Brooklyn-based songwriter by way of San Diego, Christian Gibbs has released more than 10 albums under a variety of names, including Lucinda Black Bear and C. Gibbs. His projects have flirted with many different genres from indie chamber psych folk to the darker leanings of Americana and have been praised in such notable outlets as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NBC News, Billboard and NPR. Of Christian Gibbs‘ recent work, Billboard declared, “Rarely do you hear songs that are this deep and profound…”, while NPR called his music, “expressive and moving.” Rolling Stone named Gibbs to be a “country brother of Tom Waits…” Christian Gibbs was also the lead guitarist/keyboardist in the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical Passing Strange and was featured in the Spike Lee movie of the same name. Gibbs began his musical career as a hired gun playing guitar for new wave band Modern English. He has shared the stage with such diverse artists as John Mellencamp, Son Volt, John Doe, The Damned, Little Richard and more.
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