…When I see such a young man so far from America, playing the blues so well, I feel happy and proud that my mission in this life is done
B.B. King – Dec. /98
When the average fan thinks of hotbeds of the blues, he or she thinks of cities like Chicago, Austin, and Memphis, and even such far-flung outposts as London and Paris. That’s all set to change, however, as this red-hot Brazilian, guitarist Big Gilson a TopCat Records artist, is poised to put Rio de Janeiro on the blues map.
Gilson, TopCat Records (USA) recording artist, have released fourteen CDs, and honed his chops the last thirty years gigging on his own (in South & North America, and also in Europe) and as the opening act for Steve Winwood on his Brazilian tour, Johnny Rivers (70.000 people audience), and twice to the master B.B. King. While touring America, and gigging at such clubs as Florida’s Bamboo Room, New York’s Blue Note, and all over Chi-town, the band knocked out such blues gods as Canned Heat, Mick Taylor, Tab Benoit, Corey Harries, Duke Robillard, Lonnie Brooks, Magic Slim, Saffire, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy, who extended the Boy from Brazil an open invitation to play his Legends Club anytime.
As well as performing in blues festivals all over the world, he also had played gigs in such great venues as the Blue Note, NY (five times), the Bamboo Room, FL (three times) voted four years in the row the best blues club in America, the Tobacco Road (one of the oldest clubs in America, for the fifth time, the best Dallas club, the Deep Ellum Blues among others. In 2010 is performing for the first time in Eastern Europe.
Gilson released in 2005, LIVE IN TEXAS, a live recording CD produced by veteran player, producer and multiple W.C Handy award winner Richard Chalk, who produced the blues legends Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton and Big Joe Turner, among many others. LIVE IN DALLAS was recorded live at the legendary BLUE CAT BLUES club in Dallas, Texas on September 23rd 1999.
Lately, Gilson has performed twice at the NAMM SHOW in California– one of the finest musical instruments show in the world, and also at the MUSICMESS in Frankfurt.
Among other companies from the music industry, this guy has the support from Marshall Amps.
Now, he’s touring all over, releasing his new album LOUD’N PROUD. His CDs have had great reviews such as:
From the first note, it’s clear that this is a guitar album. A great record — well produced, exceptionally arranged, and fun.
BLUES REVUE magazine – USA – 2010
There is something about the enthusiasm of the performance that is really pleasing.” “Each song evinces the high-octane Gilson sound while simultaneously having own unique flavor
BLUES IN BRITAIN magazine
Big Gilson is a right singer and a very good blues guitar player. He is a direct heir of the style of Jimmy Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and other mythic heroes or seventies amplified guitars Real genuine rock-blues, performed with the most energetic savage and heartbreaking feeling you can imagine along eleven precious treasures of guitar fireworks, which will get deep into your hearts and souls.
LA HORA DEL BLUES – Spain 2010
Big Gilson and Blues Dynamite are indeed ‘real’ and this CD should cement their reputation as one of the best blues-rock outfits north or south of the equator.
PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER – Canada
FULL MOON CONCERT SERIES opening for JOHNNY WINTER – London, Canada
BLUE NOTE – NY; BB KING’S – NY
BUDDY GUY`S LEGENDS – Chicago KENNEDY CENTER; NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART and BBQUE BLUES BATTLE (50.000 people) – Washington DC
BAMBOO ROOM, TOBACCO RD – Florida
NAMM SHOW – California
MUSIKMESS – Frankfurt
TRING BLUES FESTIVAL – Aylesbury, UK
BLUE CAT BLUES, MUDDY WATERS – Dallas, Texas
VIII FESTIVAL DE BLUES CIUDAD DE CORDOBA – Córdoba, Spain;
SALA ARENA – Madrid, Spain;
GUITAR CLUB – Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Featured on TV on Washington News Channel 4, 6 o’clock news for “Blues from Brazil
Big Gilson is the Brazilan blues pride
Bernardo Araújo, Jornal O GLOBO
It looks like UK blues fans are in for something special
D.B. – Blues in Britain
He is a top-notch guitarist with some impressive licks
Blues & Rytmn Magazine, UK
BG is the blues spitfire
Tárik de Souza, Jornal do Brasil
The Brazilian blues ambassador gets now 10 years of career better that ever
Gustavo Frank – Revista Vizoo
His slide playing is disturbingly virtuosic…
Tim Schuller – MET MUSIC – Texas
This CD confirms Big Gilson as the best Brazilian blues guitarist
Jornal do Brasil
Excellent guitar solos full of feelings and powerful slide playing. He’s vibrato is super cool…
Guitar Player Magazine – Brazil
Good guitar work and nice slide…
Bruce Iglauer – Alligator Records
There are lots of bands out there, in America and around the world, who play the blues. They play the blues but you can tell they don’t feel the blues. Big Gilson is most definitely not one of those bands. This boy may hail from Rio, but he plays like he was born and raised in South Oak Cliff, and there is no higher testament a native Texan and lifelong blues freak can give.
John Nova Lomax – Music Independent Magazine, Houston-Texas
The king of the slide guitar…
A Tarde- Salvador, Bahia
Big Gilson is an excellent guitarist as well as a splendid slide guitarist and a fine song writer in addition. He plays a scorching electric slide. Watch for great things to come in the future from this very fine artist
Tom Branson (Bluesrockers – 2002)
The United States birthplace and home of the Blues has been invaded again by another bona fide “Blues Man” from a foreign shore: “Blues Man,” not just a player of blues but a musician who demonstrates through his interpretation and musicianship that blues courses through his veins with every beat of his heart…
The Delta Snake, by Michael Roberts – 2002)
This is cross-culturalism of an inspiring form. A workingman’s musical form from the USA found its way to South and presently enjoys respect from blues communities in two nations…
Tim Schuller – Dallas, Texas
this guy knows what he is doing with the his guitar…
Elias Nogueira, Jornal das Gravadoras