Electronic Press Kit
When Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks first began collaborating musically, something truly magical took place as they began writing together. The result is borne in their debut album, Gibson Wilbanks, which released to the world on November 22, 2019.
An alumnus of Atlanta Institute of Music’s acclaimed guitar program, Carly Gibson is what you would call a triple threat for her prowess as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. She has shared stages with artists such as Will Turpin (Collective Soul), Randall Bramblett, Michael Tolcher, Caroline Aiken, and more. Currently, Carly gives solo performances, is guitarist and vocalist with local alt rock band The Pussywillows, and is a backing vocalist with funk rock legends Mothers Finest.
Georgia born BJ Wilbanks is a prolific and extremely talented songwriter/producer. He creates music that fuses the roots of Americana, Motown, Funk, Blues, & Country into an intoxicating blend that is all his own. Critics and fans have referred to his style as “Back Porch Soul.” His 2017 self-titled album received high acclaim by American Songwriter, All Music, and many other major music outlets. His genuine sound and success as an artist lead to him performing shows with music legends Gladys Knight, Drivin N Cryin, and Mothers Finest.
BJ and Carly have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create a unique Americana sound that is all its own and fully embodied on their self-titled album which has been extremely well received:
Gibson Wilbanks’ harmonies soar on the laidback “Oh Sweet Baby,” alongside foot-stomping rhythms and mesmerizing pedal steel accompaniment. All the while, the couple’s warm harmonies are at the forefront as they sing of a powerful love. “I’ll never leave you oh sweet baby/ I really need you here beside me … I need your love and kindness to comfort me.” – Billboard, (Exclusive Premiere published 11/19/19)
As a live act, Gibson Wilbanks is delightfully engaging, bringing exceptional skill, camaraderie and humor to the stage. They are a delightful combination that is not to be missed!
Official Website: gibsonwilbanks.com
Facebook Page: @gibsonwilbanks
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/gibson-wilbanks/1475758885
Photo and Graphics by Evan Leavitt
“The vocals of Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks are genuine, passionate and deeply felt from the heart.” – by Ash for The Music Below [Article Link]
“…Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks have released their debut self-titled recording, and it’s a winner.” – by James Mann for Ink 19 [Article Link]
“The harmonizing of singers BJ Wilbanks and Carly Gibson mesh so beautifully you would think you’re hearing one perfect voice.” – The Indy Review [Article Link]
“[Gibson Wilbanks] stayed true to their self-proclaimed style of “back porch soul” which will surely carve out a lane for them.” – Flyah Magazine [Article Link]
“The whole record just makes you want to climb inside their love and see it for yourself. It is wholly beautiful, and very real.” – by Clementine Lloyd for Bearded Magazine [Article Link]
“Whether sitting around a bonfire, or driving down an open road, “Steady Groove” is the perfect song to escape to.” – by Isabel Dougherty for Music Update Central [Article Link]
“Gibson Wilbanks Release Best Country Duo Album of 2019” and “Behold the debut self-titled album from Georgia-based duo Gibson Wilbanks. They create lovely, old-fashioned music that is steeped in country, simmered in soul, and sung from heart.” – by East Portland Blog [Article Link]
“Standout tracks like the plaintive “Oh Sweet Baby” and the cinematic “Green Grass High Tides” make one ponder how “Bro-country” ever came to dominate the genre.” – by Mike Olinger for The Vinyl District [Article Link]
“…[Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks] teamed up to form a duo that combines folk, country and soul for a standout release…” – by Blaine Pederson for Go Hard in Da Paint [Article Link]
“Gibson Wilbanks’ harmonies soar on the laidback “Oh Sweet Baby,” alongside foot-stomping rhythms and mesmerizing pedal steel accompaniment. All the while, the couple’s warm harmonies are at the forefront as they sing of a powerful love.” – by Annie Reuter for Billboard [Article Link]