Michael Archer + Emily Gimble
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Clock Tower Cultural Centre
36 Front Street South, Campbellford
Tickets $20 (includes HST)
“Texas Swing, Old Swing, and originals for piano and upright bass with Emily Gimble and Michael Archer
Michael Archer has been playing Bass since he was 10 years old. Growing up on a farm outside Warkworth, Ontario - he gained his first playing experiences in his family band comprised of Michael and two of his three brothers (Jesse and Liam). Some may remember the band Scrap Metal that played often around the Campbellford area. Both of his parents (Cecil and Jane) were avid music fans and took family trips to countless live concert and music festival experiences. These shaped his interests toward Blues, Rock and Roots music. During his teenage years he continued playing with his brothers and took an interest in jazz and the upright bass at Campbellford District High and also took lessons from Ken Tizzard which led him to a bachelor's degree in Jazz performance from Humber College. Shortly after graduating from Humber College in Toronto, Michael spent 8 years with Juno Nominees The 24th Street Wailers and remained with the group until mid 2017. Shortly after, he spent a year with the Nick Moss Band from Chicago.
Michael now splits his time between Canada and Austin, TX where he has become an in-demand bassist on the Austin music scene. Most recently, he has joined up with former David Bowie/Iggy Pop collaborator Hunt Sales in the Hunt Sales Memorial.
Get up-close and personal with an exciting range of artists right in the “living room” of our home at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre. Curated and hosted by Campbellford singer-songwriter, Ken Tizzard, these friendly House Concert inspired evenings explore Americana, Folk, Bluegrass and more. (cash bar)
2020 Texas State Musician, Emily Gimble grew up with music in her blood, singing and playing on-stage since she was seven years old. Maybe it couldn’t be helped: when your dad is Dick Gimble, beloved guitarist and upright bass player, and your grandfather is Country Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Gimble, one of the most beloved fiddle players of all time, there’s really no choice but to play, is there?
Piano beckoned Emily early on – in fact, the Austin Texas Music Awards named her “Best Keyboards” of the city four times (2013, 2014, 2018, & 2019) – as did another instrument, full of natural range and feeling: her voice. “A Case of the Gimbles,” the 2005 album she recorded with her father and grandfather, showcased her vocals and launched Emily on a national family tour, playing folk festivals and charming audiences across the country.
“The time I got to spend traveling around the country playing music with my Dad and Grandpa are the most cherished musical memories of my life,” says Emily. “It was then that I really started learning how to communicate through music, speaking with my dad and grandpa through solos and spaces on stage.”
It wasn’t long before other musicians started to take notice of Emily, including the Marshall Ford Band, where she romped on some western swing, and Warren Hood and the Goods, where she explored jazz, country, folk and pop. In 2012, that band started touring nationally, then went on the road the next year with Hayes Carll as his backing band. 2013 would also see the release of a record, “The Warren Hood Band,” produced by Charlie Sexton, and in 2014, Emily joined the iconic, GRAMMY Award-winning country band, Asleep at the Wheel. It was an opportunity that put Emily in touch with a lot of her heroes: nothing beats playing on “Austin City Limits” (twice), except maybe for recording a duet with one of her idols, Merle Haggard.
A storied musical history, to be sure. But in many ways, Emily’s story was just beginning. In 2017 she released “Certain Kinda,” her debut solo album, produced by Andrew Trube of Greyhounds. Since then, she has continued to tour on her own; with her family band, the Gimbles; and with artists like Amy Helm, Floyd Domino, and Hayes Carll. And she is, of course, working on her next record, which will once again be the result of a musician who’s spent decades learning her craft, and a lifetime building her musical family.
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