Gibson first picked up the harmonica at a very young age. “It was cheap
and I could easily make sounds with it.” After high school, Gibson’s
desire for learning and improving as a musician took him to Clarksdale,
Mississippi, where he played with blues guitarist Johnnie Billington and
drummer Bobby Little in Billington’s group The Midnighters. “Johnnie and
Bobby taught me how to make it in this business,” Gibson recalls.
Like many before him, Gibson eventually left Mississippi for Memphis.
“Beale Street was my university of blues,” recalls Gibson, referring to
the lessons learned as a Beale Street performer. “For a young musician,
all you have to do is look and listen and you can learn so much.”
Gibson’s talent and commitment have not gone unrecognized. He received
an endorsement from Hohner, his harmonica of choice in 1999. He has made
guest appearances on national recording artists’ CDs including Deborah
Coleman’s Soft Place To Fall (Blind Pig 2000) and Michael Burks’ I Smell
Smoke (Alligator 2003). Around the same time, Gibson received a BA in
music from the University of Memphis.
Gibson’s career has been a constant progression and immersion into many
genres of music, with blues being the foundation and primary inspiration
of his artistic endeavors.