by Ferrill Gibbs
Ferrill Gibbs' sophomore album Significant Trees was named for three significant trees in his life: a mighty oak, five-pronged and hand-like stretching high above his house in Mobile, Alabama; a banana tree he bought for his wife years back (because she's allergic to preservatives on grocery store bananas. Still, it's yet to produce a single edible banana); and a painted tree that hangs above his fireplace by the artist Roz.
Beneath these trees, Ferrill spent years molding the progressions and lyrics that would ultimately travel with him to Studio 1093 in Athens, GA, where the album would be recorded live in the matter of seven days.
These songs were written during the final mixing phase of Ferrill's debut solo album, Phase Separation, back in 2011. With the emergence of Significant Trees, Ferrill discovered a transition from the bluesy-rock style to something more ethereal, where he found himself stripped himself down for the first time ever. Gone was the rasp and acoustic guitar that had so long served as the backbone for his previous work. For Significant Trees, he would let the experienced, veteran band drive the bus. And he would try to simply enjoy himself singing along.