By Ron Staschak
Welcome to WRFR and Maine. Jim is a wonderful addition to the WRFR community. Listen in to his show (Friday 2-3pm) and check out his website : www.gotogibson.com. If you get a chance, watch him perform live.
What do you do at the radio station?
I will start hosting a show “The Jim Gibson Show” every Friday 2pm – 3pm. Featuring songwriters from all over the world and local songwriters as well. Music form all genres.
How long have you been volunteering?
What time is it now? Ha, ha. I am just starting out, so it all starts this Friday June 10th.
Why did you decide to volunteer/why did you want to have a show?
I have been a professional musician my entire career, over 40 years. Always loved the radio. Time to give back to the community that meant so much to me. It’s an amazing media.
Other than the show you host, what is your favorite show?
I love them all. I can listen to the music shows and always hear something that I’ve never heard before, then drop in on a political show and hear about the issues of the day. I can catch a light and humorous side listening to comedy.
Is there a question should have asked you?
Where can people check out my music?
My web site www.gotogibson.com people can down load all my music for free until July 5th.
What musical performance caused you desire to create music?
My Aunt Evelyn used to come visit us when I was a kid about 5 years old, she’s always bring an instrument with her. Harmonica, Accordion, Banjo and she would sit and play and I was amazed. As I grew older , I wanted to play an instrument, I was about 11 years old when the Beatles hit. I told my parents, I wanted to play drums, so, they bought me an accordion. I took lessons for a while, but asked again…I want to play drums, so, they signed me up for string bass in Junior high school orchestra,, I once again said, I want to play drums, so, they got me a guitar. That was it for me, fell in love with the guitar. Never got the drums, but my neighbor had drums and we started a band.
Other than yourself, who is the greatest guitarist?
I am not the greatest guitarist, I just hope I’m not the worst. For the greatest, You got to go with the Giants who’s shoulder’s we stand on. Robert Johnson, Charlie Christian, Django, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Do you write lyrics? If so, what inspires you.
Yes, I write both lyrics and melody. Sometimes I collaborate with other songwriters. I used to be inspired to write songs about relationships, love, not in love etc. But, lately I’ve been writing songs about “sewing machines”, I guess that makes me a “Singer Songwriter” Seriously though, I get inspired by everyday conversations I have with other folks or hear someone talking to someone else and and say something that sounds like a great title for a song, and run with it.