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“If Steve Gilbert warrants an introduction, then now presenting one of Bristol’s finest in the key of excellence. Mine forth into Gilbert’s evocative music for his new record release show on May 9 at 620 State in Bristol, Tenn. Like his tattooed knuckles say, Gilbert delivers a bam! and pow! with tunes that scrape and scrap their way to the heart and soul. Ballads including “Gas City Blues” and a piano-laced “Ashes” highlight Gilbert’s rapt storytelling skills. He welcomes in as if a friend, offers a seat and songs that fulfill. Then he delivers knockout blows via “Quiet on 7th” and “Settle Down Blues.” Bam! And pow! indeed.”

“It’s been a long journey from an angry young punk to a mature singer-songwriter, but the songs that Steve Gilbert has written during and about it makes it all worthwhile. Along with his band The Accomplices, Gilbert manages to take intensely personal themes and craft them into songs that resonate with anyone who hears them. A truly unique voice with a longing for honesty, Gilbert gives all of himself with every performance.”

“[T]he evening’s most poignant moment came during the show’s opening. Steve Gilbert, a longtime friend of Roberts’ and formerly of the band, Ablazing Grace, opened with his song, “Quiet on 7th.” Gilbert wrote the song about Roberts. “I’ll never forget you brother,” Gilbert sang with passion as the crowd of about 200 soaked it in. “You may be gone my friend, but you’ll always be around.” There was a standing ovation.”