Gib Guilbeau

I started going to jam sessions and playing with different bands. I met Gib Guilbeau and his band at the Jack of Diamonds.

Gib formed band and played 6 - 7 nights a week at the "Jack of Diamonds" club in Palmdale in the early 1960‘s. Gib Guilbeau singer-guitarist-fiddler, Gene Parsons drummer, Clarence White guitarist and Wayne Moore on bass. Wayne was always happy to see me come in because then he could take a break and have me play.

Gib and Gene rented an old machine shop where Gib had his sound equipment in the office and did his song writing, Gene was a machinist and was restoring an old airplane frame. I had a room in the back where I repaired and repainted guitars for other musicians. Gib and I became good friends, Trudy and I would go over to his house and play cards with Gib and his wife.

As a songwriter, Guilbeau's songs have been covered by many artists, including Rick Nelson, and Rod Stewart.

In 1969, Guilbeau played in the group Swampwater, originally formed to back Linda Ronstadt

Gib received an offer to cut a solo album for Gary Paxton's newly formed Bakersfield International label. Gib recorded an engaging set of country and Cajun songs, most of them original. Two singles were issued during this period on the Bakersfield International label owned by Gary Paxton.

Gene Parsons and Clarence White left the band to join The Byrds from 1968 to 1972 while Guilbeau later joined the Flying Burrito Brothers and then as a member of Nashville West, and Swampwater,



GIB GUILBEAU - We shall rise above it all

Studio recording with Albert Lee on piano and guitars, with vocal performance featuring Gib Guilbeau, Ray Tapia and Darrell Cotton. Song Writers : Gib Guilbeau and John" Buster" Belan. This was recorded in 2007

GIB GUILBEAU - Cry Cry Darling
NASHVILLE WEST - "Sing Me Back Home" - 1967

Nashville West
Nashville West, a self-titled debut by a group that consisted of Gib Guilbeau, Wayne Moss, and two future Byrds, Gene Parsons and the great Clarence White, and it's White's awesome guitar work that puts this album in a legendary context. Aside from the revolutionary playing by White, the group has a forceful yet laid-back groove that, if you like it on the first cut, "Nashville West," will have you digging the whole record. Parsons' drumming has a slightly soulful edge, which predates the Flying Burrito Brothers' experiments by several years. One of the best cuts on the album is a cover of "Ode to Billy Joe," which has White and Parsons laying into a groove that is indescribably delicious. Ignoring the historical value of this CD, the whole record is a hell of a lot of fun. Vocally, not really what you'd call a masterpiece, but it doesn't matter -- Nashville West is a record that should be owned by any fan of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, and country music as a genre. Brilliant. ~ Matthew Greenwald