FRI. MAR 16, 2018 – SUSAN GIBSON WITH SPECIAL GUEST JANA POCHOP

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  • January 14, 2018
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SUSAN GIBSON

 

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Anyone who meets singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will know immediately that her family is a core foundation in everything she does, from the songs she writes to the tour routes she takes. Whether it’s hearing her stories from the stage at one of hundreds of live shows around the country each year, sitting in on a songwriting workshop or coaching session with her, or running into her on the street in your town while she’s walking her 5 dogs on a break from driving to the next show…you will hear Susan speak of her family. It’s her mom, Nancy Gibson, who inspired the title track of Susan’s latest EP, “Remember Who You Are.”  Susan says, “My mom said that her mom always used to tell her and her sisters, “Remember who you are” every time they left the house.  I don’t know if that was before or after they got caught drinking beer with a bunch of their friends and gave fake names to the Crofton, Nebraska police, but it’s something that she always told me and my sister as soon as we were old enough to leave the house. I would find it in notes in my lunch and written halfway into journals that I hadn’t written in yet. She would write notes to us on banana peels with a toothpick and the words would turn brown– like reverse invisible ink. She was an awesome mom. We were lucky to have her as our constant.” Nancy is also the catalyst for another song on the EP, “The Best of You,” written about surviving cancer.  While Nancy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, Susan wrote it in honor of those who have fought cancer, be it the survivors themselves or the ones left behind.  “I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, my mom would have wanted me to write this.”

 

JANA POCHOP

 

Jana Pochop began her vastly diverse career as an independent singer-songwriter when, as a child, she asked for a drum kit and her parents got her a guitar instead. She discovered Mary Chapin Carpenter at the age of 11 and found a beautiful purpose for that guitar. Her instinct for deep grooves and poignant lyrics are obvious on her most recent musical offerings, “Lightning,” a single released in 2017, and her 2014 EP Throats Are Quarries. All produced by Daniel Barrett, Jana combines her gifts; lyrics that are as fearless as they are vulnerable, as skeptical as they are hopeful – woven into beautiful and fully fleshed arrangements. Throats Are Quarries completes a trilogy of EPs crafted by Jana and Dan, and affirms that she’s got one foot firmly planted in the grassy-rootsy folk genre while the other stomps around the pop world like a boss. Jana Pochop (the ‘h’ is still silent) hails from the culturally rich Albuquerque, NM, where she earned a degree in History from the University of New Mexico. She says it was at the University where she learned how to learn…a skill that she uses constantly while maneuvering the ever-changing music business. She honed her performance chops at open mics and opening slots, and in 2006, moved to Austin to close the gap in her pursuit of a career in music.

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