- October 20, 2021
“Just Say the Word”, the upcoming first full length release by Williamsport based, Gabe Stillman, has debuted at #8 on the weekly Roots Music Report on the Contemporary Blues Chart and #12 overall. His song from the release, “Out Of Time”, debuted at #15. Stillman’s work has also been noticed on the international scene with
“Just Say the Word”, the upcoming first full length release by Williamsport based, Gabe Stillman, has debuted at #8 on the weekly Roots Music Report on the Contemporary Blues Chart and #12 overall. His song from the release, “Out Of Time”, debuted at #15.
Stillman’s work has also been noticed on the international scene with Paris-Move a French-based publication with reviewer, Patrick Dallongeville meticulously detailing all tracks and concluding, “True master-stroke, this album [Just Say The Word] without weaknesses, testifies to the [e]rruption of a major artist in our renewed blues landscape: a newcomer having obviously studied his subject, and undoubtedly destined for a promising career.”
On Saturday, August 28th at 7 pm Stillman, and his band, will be performing an album release concert at Jeremiah’s above the Bullfrog Brewery (219 W 4th St.) in Downtown Williamsport celebrating the release of “Just Say The Word”. The album is being released worldwide by the VizzTone Label Group on Friday, August 27th.
Stillman studied at Williamsport’s Uptown Music Collective during his high school years and then formed his band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Since landing in the final eight of the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and further honored as the recipient of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award, Stillman and his band have been focused on expanding their footprint on a national and international level.
“Just Say The Word” is packed with thirteen thoughtfully crafted originals plus two covers and further solidifies Stillman’s reputation as an accomplished guitarist and meaningful songwriter. Produced by Anson Funderburgh at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, “Just Say the Word” is a compelling listen from beginning to end, with powerful contributions from the Texas Horns and special appearances by Funderburgh, Sue Foley, and Greg Izor. The lyrics and arrangements are interesting, diverse, and heart throbbing with messages that are both personal and universal. “Just Say the Word” appeals to the vast following in the blues world while stretching the boundaries into that realm of “just great music” that defies category.
Stillman will be performing with long time bass player and fellow Williamsport native, Colin Beatty, and, Ray Hangen from Buffalo, NY. Beatty and Hangen are the featured rhythm section on the new album. Added to this special show, Stillman is pleased to welcome fellow International Blues Challenge finalist, Bronson Hoover from Washington D.C. on keyboards.
“I am extremely excited for this hometown album release concert at Jeremiah’s,” says Stillman. “This collection of songs means a lot to me and getting the opportunity to celebrate the album’s release with my hometown fan base is something really special!”
In addition to the performance, all attendees will receive a copy of “Just Say The Word” at the door. All attendees must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are in limited supply and it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. They can be purchased at gabestillman.brownpapertickets.com for $25 or if still available, before showtime at Jeremiah’s for $30, day of the show. Doors for this show will open at 6:30pm. For more details about Stillman, this concert, and upcoming performances, visit http://www.gabestillman.com.