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Friday, February 27, 2015

New Release and Reviews for TG and the Swampbusters 'Swamp Tooth Comb'

In just a few weeks since the release of Swamp Tooth Comb by TG and the Swampbusters, critics and DJs across North America and beyond have been quick to add positive reviews, extensive airplay and continued placements on the !earshot campus/community charts for this Hamilton, Ontario guitarist and local legend. 
Here's what some of the reviewers had to say: 
“This disc sounds exactly as I hoped it would- nasty, evocative, bluesy... right up my alley … these songs have a Stones-like swagger to them, but I’d hardly call them sloppy- full of attitude is more like it, and slinky grooves abound."  – John “The Rock Doctor” Kereiff, Gonzo Online
“Gibbons fronts a guitar/bass/drums trio with a virile sound that draws on blues, country and rock 'n roll with real finesse... Gibbons has a gritty Dylanesque vocal style and is a fine songwriter.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
“… a tasty cocktail of blues, country and rock … "Swamp Tooth Comb" is a particularly fascinating record of an extremely talented trio!” – Luc Meert, Rootstime
About TG and the Swampbusters
Hamilton, Ontario’s Tim Gibbons has returned to his rock and blues roots with his latest CD, Swamp Tooth Comb. Primarily known as a banjo playing acoustic blues artist, TG’s newest release highlights his skills on the electric guitar, as well as his well worn vocals that are reminiscent of a cross between Slim Harpo and Bob Dylan. Swamp Tooth Comb features nine original gritty blues-based rock songs, described by The Hamilton Spectator as “the kind of stuff a less-than sober Keith Richards would appreciate.”
TG scored his first professional job playing guitar in a blues combo backing exotic dancers at Starvin' Marvin’s, a notorious burlesque theatre. His later career found him performing with some of the city’s most infamous Rock n’ Roll bands; including The Shakers and The Trouble Boys. In the late 1990’s TG was recruited to play bass, drums and organ on Daniel Lanois’ soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Sling Blade, with his song “Lonely One” featured in the film and on the soundtrack. Following the success of Sling Blade, TG released a CD called Shylingo with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Howard. In 2006, he won Roots Recording of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards. In 2011 he released an Americana album called Trail of Smoke under the name “Cootes Leland” that was produced by Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.
With a storied past and lengthy musical career, TG brings a wealth of experience in his approach to songwriting, with songs that become more intricate and detailed with each listen. “As a kid I was always making up songs, hearing things in my head and singing them out. It's never really changed”, says Gibbons. “I let most of them go but every now and then I'd grab hold of my guitar and write it down.”
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