Gib Guilbeau

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Gib Guilbeau

Postby Smudger on Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:58 pm

From SCM:
"One of the most important players to help usher in the era of West Coast music where the worlds of country and rock collided has passed away. Gib Guilbeau—a member of nascent country rock bands such as Nashville West, Swampwater, the backing bands for artists like The Gosdin Brothers and Linda Ronstadt, and later a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers—died on April 13th according to his family and Sierra Records. Gib Guilbeau was 78-years-old.

Though maybe not as recognizable of a name as many of the artists Gib shared lineups with, including Gene Parsons and Clarence White, his unique approach to music, influenced by his distinctly Cajun flavor and upbringing, made Guibeau seminal to the sound that would become West Coast country rock.

Gib was a singer, a fiddle and guitar player, and a songwriter whose compositions were recorded by artists as far ranging as The Byrds, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy C. Newman, Ricky Nelson, The Dillards, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood of Faces and The Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart. His fiddle playing can be heard on recordings from Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, B.W. Stevenson, Arlo Guthrie, Rita Coolidge, and The Spencer Davis Group. If it was 60’s country rock, there’s a good chance Gib Guilbeau either had a hand in it, or helped influence it in some capacity."

Here he is with John Beland at the 1983 Wembley Festival:

If you're interested and have the time to watch it, this is a great video of his musical history:
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