Gibson Bros. / Build A Raft
Album: Build A Raft   Collection:General 12"
Artist:Gibson Bros.   Added:Mar 2011
Label:Columbus Discount Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-11-27 Pull Date: 2012-01-15
Week Ending: Jan 8 Jan 1 Dec 25 Dec 11
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 09, 2014: The Songsmith Show
Big Pine Boogie
4. Sep 28, 2012: The Songsmith Show
Big Pine Boogie
2. May 01, 2013: Minding The Gap - May Day edition
16 Tons
5. May 04, 2012: The Songsmith Show
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
3. Jan 18, 2013: The Songsmith Show
Highway 61
6. Jan 05, 2012: The Songsmith Show
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2011-11-19
Not to be mistaken for The Gibson Brothers (the bluegrass duo), the Gibson Bros. were a seminal Columbus OH band and a precursor to the sound Jon Spencer (who was in the band for a spell) would later take with him to Blues Explosion. Down and dirty garage, trance blues, bent-up-and-beat-all-to-hell country, psychobilly, punk - whatever it is you want it to be - kick ass. The studio side is pretty polished, the live stuff not so much, very lo-fi as it should rightly be. Instrumentation of guitars, bass, drums, and a hambone! Recorded in 1985-86. Great stuff all the way through! Play it all!! FCC #16.

*My Favorites*: 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22.

Side 1 (Studio)
1. *Mid / Fast. Driving as all get-out. Screamed vocals. Crunchy guitar. Killer.
2. Mid. Big country sound with mandolin. Plodding beat, easy going.
3. Mid. Trippy guitar sound inside a country number. Even-keel rhythm.
4. *Mid. Charley Patton classic. Quite different from Charley’s with high pitched guitar, tuff rhythm guitar, knee-slaps. Ominous trance and cool.
5. Mid / Fast. Quick intro song.
6. *Mid / Fast. Quick-paced vocal delivery and frenetic beat. Catchy and cool.
7. *Mid. Just like Jon Spencer would later play with the band, heavy distorted trance blues. Kick ass.
8. Slow / Mid. Classic ‘Walkin’ Boss’ done by many including Jerry Garcia / David Grisman. Mandolin, plodding beat. Nice version.
9. Mid. Quick INSTRUMENTAL. Echoey guitars, minimal drumbeat.

Side 2 (Live)
10. *Introduction by Elementary School principal. A ‘cultural activity’. Should be played with next song.
11. *Mid. Cool ‘woo-hoo’ hollers. Upbeat, driving, great slide guitar, plodding beat. Yeah.
12. *Mid / Fast. Punk-ish, bluesy, driving with screamed vocal.
13. *Mid. Trance, country, blues, punk. Tuff stuff. Mean and gruff.
14. Slow / Mid. Walkin’ sparse trance blues.
15. *Slow / Mid. Porter Wagoner classic. Ominous with echoey vocals eliciting the title ‘Rubber Room’. Really spacey and psychedelic.
16. Mid. FCC. Charley Patton classic / poem. Drenched in trance done over the voices of the party crowd.

Side 3 (Studio Outtakes)
17. Mid. Second version of song #12. Heavy drunken vocal, trancey.
18. Slow / Mid. Second version of song #15, Wagoner song. Vocal sounds like previous song, but more like he’s disturbed and drunk. Ominous as all get-out.
19. Mid. INSTRUMENTAL. Dark electric guitar soloing, very trancey, almost to a drone.

Side 4 (Studio Outtake & ‘Keepers’ 7”)
20. *Slow / Mid. Another drunken vocal, the whole thing sounding like it’s playing at 33 1/3 when it should
be at 78. Dark, heavy and killer.
21. Mid. Marching drumbeat, cool guitar, cool story song.
22. *Mid. Mose Allison classic ‘Parchman Farm’ like you’ve never heard it. Rubbery drunk vocal. Includes guitar, bass, drums and hambone! Killer.

Track Listing
1. Big Pine Boogie   12. Hot Dog
2. Arkansas   13. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
3. Lost Track Of Time   14. Walking Bum
4. Mississippi Bo Weevil   15. Rubber Room
5. Southbound (Intro)   16. Mississippi Bo Weevil / Poem
6. Tongue-Tied Jill   17. Hot Dog
7. Highway 61   18. Rubber Room
8. Walking Boss   19. Where's Elvis?
9. Dirt   20. 16 Tons
10. Introduction: Essie Richardson, Principal, Avondale Elementary   21. My Young Life
11. Woo Hoo   22. Parchman Farm