C. Gibbs ( aka Christian Gibbs) has released over 12 albums under monikers such as C. Gibbs, The C. Gibbs Review, C. Gibbs and The Cardia Bros., Lucinda Black Bear, Motherwell Johnston, The Droves, Morning Glories and - as of late - He Arrived By Helicopter. His projects have ranged from Orchestral Indie-Folk to Rock to Ambient Instrumental to Gothic Americana and he has been praised in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, NBC News and other notable media.
Raised in San Diego, CA., Gibbs began his musical career at age 20 when he arrived in London for a semester abroad, answered a help wanted ad for a guitarist and promptly fled college to assume employment as Modern English’s guitarist. The young man’s parental nightmare took him to posts playing with Jim Thirlwell’s Foetus, fronting New York rock trio Morning Glories, and settling into a solo career signing to Atlantic Records and BMG as a songwriter. He has been releasing records ever since on small independent lables and his own imprint Eastern Spurs.. His last release was C. Gibbs sings Motherwell Johnston" - chronicling the life of the interesting Darby, Montana native of the same name and his hermetic song cycle that was discovered by Gibbs on a Tascam 4 track after his father bought the house where the recluse Johnston had lived. Gibbs took the songs from Johnston and re-arranged them adding bits and pieces here and there. Gibbs assembled players Tim Kuhl (The Goastt), Matt Brandau, and Phil Sterk to bring it to life- recording the songs with liberal translations. Gibbs has also from time to time dipped his toes in the theater world. in 2008 he performed as the lead guitarist in the Tony Award Winning Broadway Production of Passing Strange (a musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald). He also appears in The Spike Lee production of the same name. Gibbs also was the composer of a Floating Theater site specific musical that took place around NYC Harbor on the Clipper City ship co-written with partner Andi Rosalinda Stover. The team (Gibbs Stover-Gibbs) is also presently working on the production of The Salvation Tapes the play version of Motherwell Johnston . Other theater collaborations have involved a stint as a pianist for Richard Maxwell’s Good Samaritans at St. Anne’s Warehouse and guitarist/ pianist for the rock musical Lizzie Borden at The Living Theater. In the summer of 2014 Gibbs found himself working for the first time as an actor in a 3 month run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in another musical penned by Stew and Heidi Rodewald called The Family Album (directed by Joanna Settle). In September 2014 – 2016, he collaborated as an actor, performer, musician, dancer and monologist in a play called Love and Happiness in Zurich, Switzerland (First Cut Productions)- a Coproduction with Gessnerallee Zurich, Arsenic Lausanne and Kaserne Basel. The play was performed Zurich, Basel, Essen (Germany), Lucerne, Baden, Lausanne. He has opened for / shared the stage with Margaret Cho, Mogwai, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sinkane, John Mellencamp, Little Richard, Son Volt, John Doe and many more.
NPR “a melancholy collection of songs, expressive and moving” (Lucinda Black Bear)
ROLLING STONE “deep-crooned vocals about wayward women and old time NY “(C.Gibbs)
BILLBOARD-“Rarely do you hear songs that are this deep, this profound” (C.Gibbs
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