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Vance Gilbert

One of many self-styled contemporary folk singers to have come on the scene in the 1980s, Vance Gilbert was inspired to begin writing his own material after hearing Shawn Colvin perform at a Boston theater. While Gilbert has become recognized on the folk festival circuit as a songwriter of substance, performance for him is second nature. Gilbert is not a middle-of-the-road folk singer, and his diverse set of influences includes Kenny Rankin, Roberta Flack, Carmen McRae, George Benson and Stevie Wonder. His voice has been compared to everyone from Al Jarreau to Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway.

Gilbert, born and raised in Willingboro, N.J., moved to Connecticut to attend Connecticut College, relocating to Boston after graduating in 1979. Gilbert's brother had brought him a bass to keep him studying in the dorms, but he later switched to acoustic guitar and singing, because it satisfied his need to be up front, doing his own thing. Before he began performing his own songs in concert, Gilbert worked in cocktail lounges, performing a wide repertoire of songs that ranged from Gershwin to Top 40, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. After the lounge work dried up, Gilbert began teaching in Boston-area public schools.

Later, as a singer/songwriter, all his training as a lounge singer paid off, as he's blessed with an uncanny ability to read the moods of his audiences, and he's learned to trust his intuition in his song selection on stage. Gilbert has released three excellent albums for the Philo subsidiary of Rounder Records, 1994's Edgewise, 1995's Fugitives, and 1998's Shaking Off Gravity. Gilbert continued to tour around the U.S. and Canada throughout the making of these records, eventually recording a live album in 1999 that garnered critical praise the following year. It wasn't until 2002 that Gilbert recorded a new album, the self-produced One Thru Fourteen. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Vance is a triple threat - fabulous voice, talented songwriter, guitar player supreme. All this with the ability to read and engage an audience with knife edge wit and humor. If Vance is playing live in your area don't pass up the opportunity to see him live.
Saw him open for George Carlin and was an instant fan as was the entire crowd of 2000 . How is he not more famous .
Vance is very talented and a great performer! Saw him at my first festival experience at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate NY. He was on tour for his album Up on Rockfield. Great energetic and comedic singer. Ever since then I've been waiting for him to return and after 5 years he will be coming back now on tour for his latest album Old White Men.
dr.gould
I went to Drew University 1996-2000 and saw Vance perform there multiple times. He is an amazing live artist - I agree completely with the other posts that speak to his talent as a live musician. He is unbelievably witty and creative - if you have the chance, do see him live!
rabecker2
I saw Vance at a house concert on Friday. Wow, he's great! His albums are good, but they don't do full justice to his wonderful wit and humor. Goodbye Pluto and Old White Men are my favorites. Very pleased to find him on Pandora!
dwarncke6
You have to see Vance live to really appreciate his full talent
Love this guy!! If you ever have a chance, see him live. You get things that are not on the album, and a chance to see how funny he is.
I'm back..listen i n g to Sonny and Cher while reading about a fave..Vance Gilbert..fin a l l y located him.."Goodby e Pluto" got my attention!!
Heard Goodbye Pluto for the first time a few months ago..and thought, why have I not heard this beautigul melody before?!!!I have a new favorite artist.
Have seen live twice, and would gladly see again. Great singer and great entertainer! Like all of his CD's, too. Glad he's on Pandora (this is the first time I've noticed) but hopefully he'll play a bit more.
ackerbex3
interesting lyrics!
You should hear Vance in person, he is great!!! But watch out if your setting in the front row... I was laughing so hard i cried.... He is awsome...

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