Gil Clark Resume

      Gil Clark is a singer/songwriter originally from Petoskey, Michigan. Gil began playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager. He arrived on the Detroit scene in the early 80's and immediately joined forces with Rob Tyner of MC5 fame. He began playing the clubs of Detroit including Alvin's, The Old Miami, Union Street, the Latin Quarter, various art galleries and other venues. He was a staple performer at the Community Concert Series on the campus of Wayne State University and was featured in a Detroit News article about that scene. Gil recorded his first solo album Singin' Songs in 1986. He toured the country playing coffee houses, clubs and festivals in support of the release. He played shows with Rob Tyner, Rodriguez, Country Joe McDonald, Jonathan Edwards, Taj Mahal and many others. In 1987, Gil released his 2nd album, Folkster. A 45-rpm single from this album, The Record Song featured Rob Tyner on harmonica. Gil returned the favor by singing back-up vocals on Rob Tyner's 1990 release of Blood Brothers. The early nineties found Gil with a steady club gig in Hamtramck that resulted in the Live at the Rhythm Room recording. In the mid nineties, Gil picked up a gig as the bass player in The Michael Katon Band. Several European tours followed. In 1999, legendary Motown bassist Bob Babbitt arranged a recording session in Nashville with an all-star band resulting in the Ridin' On release. This release was met with positive reviews and received several write-ups. Gil's next project was a band featuring former Rockets lead vocalist Dave Gilbert with Clark on bass. The project was short lived and ended with Gilbert's death. In 2002, Clark formed Shining Farmer with Mike Gentry and Amy Morgan. The self-titled Shining Farmer CD was released in 2003. In 2009, Gil released his fifth album entitled Still Around and continued performing as a solo acoustic act in new support of his original material. Gil is currently recording an album of material with producer Jim Roll at Backseat Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gil continues to write and perform his own brand of music.

Updated:  March 8, 2010

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