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OuterSpace

by Susan Gibson

Susan's style is folk rock with a country edge. "Gibson's songwriting is sharp, lyrically incisive, and melodically appealing ... and her vocals are guileless, plaintive, and distinctive, a younger Lucinda Williams without the angst." Quote from a review
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1. Happiest When I'm Moving
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2. Company Man
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3. Together Strong
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4. Cactus
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5. SisterHood
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6. Still Time
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7. Upon Re-Entry
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8. Too Big Love
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9. Sheep In Wolf's Clothing
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10. Stop The Bleeding
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11. First Sign Of Spring
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12. Wide Open Spaces
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13. But A Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Susan Gibson is always happiest on the move. Even though she's settled into a home in the Texas Hill Country, she still puts upwards of 60,000 miles a year on her customized Freightliner van. And her latest trip, to satisfy that travelin' itch, is OuterSpace.

That's the name of Gibson's new recording, which stretches her musical boundaries with its roots-rock sound and is easily the edgiest work she's ever done. The new album also includes a live version of the Gibson-penned "Wide Open Spaces," which Dixie Chicks propelled into one of the all-time best-selling country songs. The album Wide Open Spaces has sold 16 million copies and Gibson sports a tiny chicken foot tattoo to mark its success.

The song is a helpful introduction that immediately sticks with people who know the song but don't necessarily know Gibson.

"The flip side of that coin is that if my songs are like my children, 'Wide Open Spaces' is my professional child who might take care of me in my old age," Gibson says, smiling. "Some of the other songs I have written are like the adolescent adult children who refuse to leave home."

Balancing writing and performing is easy for Gibson, whose live shows draw a steady stream of fans including some who travel miles to see show after show.

"The writing is sincere, and that makes it easy to perform," she says. "Likewise, the fact that I go out and perform these songs and have to look people in the eye keeps the writing sincere. It's one of the more beautiful vicious circles that I know."

Gibson, born in Fridley, Minn., grew up in Amarillo, Texas. She sang in church and school choirs for 15 years until she performed Suzanne Vega's "Gypsy" in the Amarillo High School talent show. Hooked on the response, she learned Vegas' entire catalog and those of the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman and Shawn Colvin and began writing her own songs.

Moving to Missoula, Mont., for a stint in forest ranger school, Gibson discovered open-mic nights and song swaps to inspire her passion and open spaces to inspire her writing. It was the birth of her nephew that called Gibson back to Amarillo, where she started a solo career and then joined Amarillo-based pop-rock band The Groobees. They performed and released four albums over five years until May 2001.

Gibson's first solo release, 2002's Chin Up, took her from the East coast to the West, from Boquillas, Mexico to New Foundland, Canada and from the United Kingdom back to the Republic of Texas. She's loading her van with new songs and heading to her next destination, OuterSpace.

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ken lawrence

susan gibson's the real thing
On wednesday november 16, 2005 while listening to the rock n' roll doctor, (amy price on WNTI out of sentenary college in NJ. heard her promote a singer that would be on the session show later that evening named susan gibson. while listening to it, looked on cdbaby and found the cd. after just one listen to it, you'll find that here yet again is another examplke of why country radio doesn't exist in the New york radio market, and in fact NJ. doesn't have a country station in the whole state. when you play faith martina cshania and that pop swill this is why we won't likely have one any time soon. no loretta, tammy tanya johnny, and of course no old 97s steve earl kim richey lucinda, and well add susan gibson to the list. those people at radio central programming so called country radio don't know what they're missing. that's why you should get this one any way you can get your hands on it. too big love and together strong are wonderful examples of how good real sounds, and they don't make em more real then susan. well what to you expect from a singin' lady from the lonestar state Huh? love this one a lot if you can't get it here, go to the web site and grab it that way and listen for your self. a little dylan, a touch of niel young, and a dash of lucinda who could ask for more.
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