First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193850635" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9. i

Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9. Adam Wallacavage/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Adam Wallacavage/Courtesy of the artist
Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.

Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.

Adam Wallacavage/Courtesy of the artist

Between the City of Brotherly Love and the Steel Belt of Pittsburgh, there's plenty of rural countryside in the state of Pennsylvania. So when Pearls & Brass drummer Daughn Gibson wasn't touring the U.S. playing that band's strain of heavy '70s-style rock, he took blue-collar gigs as a long-haul trucker and warehouse worker. And, when that band ended, Gibson took to recording his own music. His 2012 solo debut, All Hell, found his country roots showing through the crackly lo-fi loops and stark piano songs, all of it sticking thanks to Gibson's well-deep baritone.

On Gibson's new album, Me Moan (out July 9), that powerful instrument is still nuanced enough to capture details such as downing an afternoon shot at a local bar ("Kissin on the Blacktop") and breaking into cars with a state trooper's daughter ("The Pisgee Nest"). Country fans will hear a baritone that hearkens back to the likes of Waylon Jennings and the Oak Ridge Boys, while other listeners might detect a trace of Ian Curtis or the drawl of Wall of Voodoo. The homemade solo country-noir of his debut now gets fleshed out by a real band, featuring pedal steel, cello, trombone and Ry Cooder-like guitar work from members of Baroness and Brokeback. Remaining front and center, though, is Gibson's voice, which remains as dark and thick as blackstrap molasses.

First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

Phantom Rider

  • Artist: Daughn Gibson
  • From: Me Moan
  • Add to Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193849165" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Phantom Rider
Album
Me Moan
Artist
Daughn Gibson
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2013

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Mad Ocean

  • Artist: Daughn Gibson
  • From: Me Moan
  • Add to Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193849096" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Mad Ocean
Album
Me Moan
Artist
Daughn Gibson
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2013

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

You Don't Fade

  • Artist: Daughn Gibson
  • From: Me Moan
  • Add to Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193849292" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Song
You Don't Fade
Album
Me Moan
Artist
Daughn Gibson
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2013

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Franco

  • Artist: Daughn Gibson
  • From: Me Moan
  • Add to Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193849346" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Franco
Album
Me Moan
Artist
Daughn Gibson
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2013

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Into The Sea

  • Artist: Daughn Gibson
  • From: Me Moan
  • Add to Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/193851107/193849404" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Into The Sea
Album
Me Moan
Artist
Daughn Gibson
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2013

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from