When Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks first began collaborating musically during the summer of 2011, it was like milk chocolate meeting peanut butter…a beautiful and tasty combination! Up to that point, they had each been pursuing separate solo singer/songwriter careers, but something truly magical took place when they began writing and performing together.
Carly Gibson gained a lot of attention as a songwriter, singer and guitar player when she was selected to attend the GRAMMY guitar and songwriter camps in Los Angeles, designed to allow talented young artists the opportunity to work, learn and play with the music industry’s top professionals. Now a 2013 graduate from Atlanta Institute of Music’s acclaimed guitar program, Carly is what you would call a triple threat: she not only composes soulful and sophisticated music, she also sings beautifully and plays a mean acoustic guitar. In addition, she has earned a substantial reputation for her skill on electric guitar, having performed for a period of time as a lead guitarist with mentor, Caroline Aiken. Though youthful, Carly sports an old soul; her dedication to her art is readily apparent in her performance.
Calhoun, GA native B.J. Wilbanks creates blues-infused music reminiscent of a bygone era, combining deeply-rooted Delta blues, country, funk, soul, and acoustic Southern rock to create a sound that is familiar, yet uniquely his own. His heartwarming tales of heartache, love, and home combine artfully with an engaging live performance that, in one moment can sit you back in your chair and in the next, rock you right back out of it! Wilbanks crafts his distinctive sound with his acoustic guitar, often accompanied by finger slide or harmonica. His original songs range from break-your-heart romantic to stomp-your-foot grooving, merging back-porch soul rhythm with a gospel vocal overtone and a steady beat. He’ll often sling his guitar over his lap to play a slide tune that evokes the image of old field working men and chase it with a contrasting tune filled with sweet strumming, gentle singing and smooth picking.
Together as Gibson Wilbanks, Carly and BJ have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter’s open mic competitions at Eddie’s Attic in December of 2011 and in November of 2013 at Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre. They may be found at clubs and festivals throughout the South.
Visit their website at www.gibsonwilbanks.com.
JEAN-PAUL and DOMINIQUE CARTON
Jean-Paul and Dominique Carton have a love of folk music that dates back to the “hootenannies” of the 1960’s, but these musical events at Newport or other U.S. locales. They were in their native France. And though they heard and enjoyed the Folk Revival songs that were imported from the United States, they also reveled in the traditional music of their own country and songs from other parts of Europe.
Having spent many years in the American southland, the Cartons have great love and appreciation for Americana, especially bluegrass. But they have a deeper appreciation of this music and its origins than most as they know how it relates to its European roots. Their repertoire includes French folk dance music, French-Canadian tunes, Louisiana Cajun music and Appalachian bluegrass, among other genre.
The couple sing and play with great joy and have mastered a wide-range of traditional instruments. An evening with the Cartons is likely to include sounds from the guitar, the bass, the mandolin, the fiddle, the accordion, the concertina and more – even the unique sound of the hurdy-gurdy, an acquired taste! Each instrument is played with great skill and obvious affection. The patter of the performance is punctuated by droll French humor. Their CD, “Tough Night for the Bride!” is a wonderful collection of their favorite French folk and dance tunes.
Residing in Metter, Georgia – not far from Georgia Southern University where Jean-Paul taught French for many years - the couple manages to play many Southern stages and festivals. They are regulars at the festivals and concerts put on by the Savannah Folk Music Society.