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2013 2014 Nashville Universe Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the year. On screen character for the ABC hit show Nashville, Working with Anthony Focx on New Hit songs like Tonky Honk Bounce, and Country Boy Bad ass.
One might be hard pressed to define the music of Gibson Cage-a fusion of southern rock, jazz, blues, blue grass, grunge, gospel, and country.
The range of his vocals can go from as smooth as butterscotch to as raw as Janis Joplins heart and soulfull-to-many-cigarettes-followed-by-a-whiskey-chaser sound-all culminating in a voice as earthy and lusty as it is rich and pure. It is Cage being so indefinable that defines him and his music-a new hard and edgy genre, so to speak, and now, Cage will bring his powerhouse music and unique voice to the world.
PRESS RELEASE22 September 2013
ROCKER GIBSON CAGE AND BANJO MAN TODD TAYLOR HEAT UP HOT WINGS FESTIVALThe Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Walk of Fame Park at the County Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, will not only heat up appetites for wings, but will heat up music appetites as Southern Rocker Gibson Cage, and “Guinness Book of World Records Fastest Banjo Player” and five-time Grammy-nominated Todd Taylor takes the stage adding his own flavor with Gibson Cage’s already unique style of Southern Rock/County Music. “It’s party edgy,” Cage said. “And playing with Todd Taylor is a gift for any musician.”
Taylor, who has played at venues such as the Grand Ol’ Opry, gained the unique recognition as being the pioneer of Rock and Roll banjo playing, and also received Grammy nods for the same.
Cage, who has received a very warm reception by Nashville and is the recipient of “Top Male Vocalist by Nashville Universe, 2013,” said he has an all-star band doing top-notch music. “All of it is original with a few surprise covers in there that we know the crowd will love, especially with Todd Taylor in the mix.”
Cage has teamed up with LA Rock guitarist, Anthony Focx, known as guitar front man for Beautiful Creatures. “He adds such a great edge to our projects that help us hit that line between new Country, Southern Rock, and Rock. He also brings with him his success as a stage performer that helps make a Gibson Cage performance a real show,” Cage said. “Our writing together has been an experience with us both using our influences to help make a new sound. It has been serendipitous.”
Several of the songs, soon to be released, will be performed live for the first time at the festival. “We are rolling out Tonky Honk Bounce,” Cage said. “It WILL get the crowd bouncing.”
Taylor is also highlighted in the song’s video, in production now. “It has been not only rewarding as a musician, but a whole lot of fun,” Cage said. “Yes, doing a video is the hard work, but no one says you can’t enjoy it.”
Songwriter and performer Cage said bringing this fun and contemporary sound has been an experience. “First, you have me – and my roots are in Southern Rock, Blues, and R&B, and bluegrass, adds Todd ‘Banjo Man’ Taylor, who has reinvented the banjo, bringing it into the Rock genre. A couple of the songs were written specifically with Todd in mind and we had a great time dong the mix wondering how Todd would interpret the songs. He more than nailed it.”
Banjo, Cage said, is finding its way back into country music with the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban. “They have helped reintroduce it with a fresh perspective. But Todd, he is the man you want playing banjo for you. He is not only the most gifted banjo player on the planet, he is one heck of a nice guy and we get one another – our styles and our vision.”
But for Cage or Taylor, taking the stage at the hot wings festival is only part of the joy. “We went to the Ronald McDonald house a couple of weeks ago when Todd was here for rehearsal and I must say, it is a cause that we are proud to support.”
Taylor, who has been traveling to Nashville to write the banjo parts and rehearse with Cage, said he is very excited about the upcoming gig. “It is an honor to support the Ronald McDonald house looking forward to rocking with Gibson Cage to support this great cause in Nashville.”
The Gibson Cage Band with Todd Taylor will take stage at 4:30 Oct. 5. “It will be the highlight of our fall gigs,” Cage said. “We are urging everyone to come support the music, but more importantly, come and support the festival and the Ronald McDonald House.”
For more information on Gibson Cage, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/gibsoncage.
For more information on Todd Taylor, visit http://www.toddtaylorbanjoman.com/.
For more information on the Music City Southern Hot Wings Festival, visit http://www.musiccitywingfest.com/. — with Anthony Focx.