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Saint of Everything

Bob Gemmell

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Times are weird, and getting weirder. Perhaps we're marching backward into the future, but we'll get where we need to be. "Saint of Everything" bounces along throwing garlands of flowers and sprinkling fairy dust, with a message of measured weariness but certainly of hope.

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America, After The War

Parts and Labor

Parts and Labor

Bob Gemmell

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You're excited about my new solo album, but let's get on the same page, people - we need some ground rules: I sing, you listen, and no one gets hurt.

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Songs From The Bunker

For the duration of the affliction we'll be sending missives from the bunker - sonic flare signals from a distressed vessel. These are just me with an instrument - not a lot of production.

Welcome to the bunker!  

- Bob

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The Handsome Years

Big Medicine Head

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Road kings, hobos, evangelists and lost souls on the whiskey and paisley highway.

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Queen of the Western Hemisphere

Big Medicine Head

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Jangling Fender guitars, railroad boots, a few clever words and some rosary beads hanging from the radiator grill.

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  • Joey Harris
    Joey Harris The Beat Farmers
    Bob Gemmell's kick ass Santa Cruz band Big Medicine Head performed with the Beat Farmers back in the misty days when rock n roll was a lifestyle and a series of close calls with the law. Bob is busier than ever, putting out new material and offering re-issues of Big Medicine Head music at this website. Check it out, and make your life a little better.

    Bob Gemmell's kick ass Santa Cruz band Big Medicine Head performed with the Beat Farmers back in the misty days when rock n roll was a lifestyle and a series of close calls with the law.
    Bob is busier than ever, putting out new material and offering re-issues of Big Medicine Head music at this website.
    Check it out, and make your life a little better.

  • KPIG Radio
    KPIG Radio 107.5 Freedom CA
    "Thoughtful Americana: Songs for the Heart and Soul" Stepping out from his longtime band, Big Medicine Head, Gemmell has matured into a powerful lyrical and songwriting talent. Guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, layered and arranged and honed to ten tracks, perfectly balanced and tempered. From a simple six string "Caravan" to a stomp the floor and kick out the doors traveling down the road in the song "14 Cowboys", Gemmell deftly pulls together emotional threads and sings them out with a clear voice.

    "Thoughtful Americana: Songs for the Heart and Soul"
    Stepping out from his longtime band, Big Medicine Head, Gemmell has matured into a powerful lyrical and songwriting talent. Guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, layered and arranged and honed to ten tracks, perfectly balanced and tempered. From a simple six string "Caravan" to a stomp the floor and kick out the doors traveling down the road in the song "14 Cowboys", Gemmell deftly pulls together emotional threads and sings them out with a clear voice.

  • Bryan Evans
    Bryan Evans LA
    Parts and Labor ★★★★★ from Bryan Evans on September 5, 2019 Thoughtful Americana: Songs for the heart and soul I bought Parts and Labor right before a camping trip and was able to listen to it in a perfect setting: by a campfire in Sequoia National Park the night before Labor day. Stepping out from his longtime band, Big Medicine Head, Gemmell has matured into a powerful lyrical and songwriting talent. Guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, layered and arranged and honed to ten tracks, perfectly balanced and tempered. From a simple six string "Caravan" to a stomp the floor and kick out the doors traveling down the road in the song "14 Cowboys." Gemmell deftly pulls together emotional threads and sings them out with a clear voice. "Confessionary Tree" starts out with an REM style mandolin riff, rolls into acoustic guitar and a near whisper then builds into a soulful tribal chorus of "Hey now, will you finally see, whittle your name on the Confessionary Tree." This song is a musical journey from pole to pole, to the basement of your soul. "Penelope" is a magical country rock trip from London to Surf City with a serious groove and a Telecaster riff reminiscent of Chris Isaak. Killer bass, sweet guitar solo, toe-tapping tempo and psychedelic imagery. Fantastic. "Architects" - A rich full band sound featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano. This song paints a pastoral picture then glides into a sweet emotional hook. The balance of Gemmell’s signature voice in a slightly lower register, acoustic guitar and calm river tempo combined with a mysterious turn of lyrics make this one of my favorites. "Parts and Labor" Just guitar and vocal. Great songwriting. A love song to working folks. Straight up poetry of a man who leans hard into his muse. If you are hankering for a straight shot pure slice of America…If you are in the mood for a call to rise with a strong heartbeat and a steamy hot mug of big moon and open fields give this album a listen.

    Parts and Labor ★★★★★ from Bryan Evans on September 5, 2019

    Thoughtful Americana: Songs for the heart and soul

    I bought Parts and Labor right before a camping trip and was able to listen to it in a perfect setting: by a campfire in Sequoia National Park the night before Labor day.

    Stepping out from his longtime band, Big Medicine Head, Gemmell has matured into a powerful lyrical and songwriting talent. Guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, layered and arranged and honed to ten tracks, perfectly balanced and tempered.

    From a simple six string "Caravan" to a stomp the floor and kick out the doors traveling down the road in the song "14 Cowboys." Gemmell deftly pulls together emotional threads and sings them out with a clear voice.

    "Confessionary Tree" starts out with an REM style mandolin riff, rolls into acoustic guitar and a near whisper then builds into a soulful tribal chorus of "Hey now, will you finally see, whittle your name on the Confessionary Tree." This song is a musical journey from pole to pole, to the basement of your soul.

    "Penelope" is a magical country rock trip from London to Surf City with a serious groove and a Telecaster riff reminiscent of Chris Isaak. Killer bass, sweet guitar solo, toe-tapping tempo and psychedelic imagery. Fantastic.

    "Architects" - A rich full band sound featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano. This song paints a pastoral picture then glides into a sweet emotional hook. The balance of Gemmell’s signature voice in a slightly lower register, acoustic guitar and calm river tempo combined with a mysterious turn of lyrics make this one of my favorites.

    "Parts and Labor" Just guitar and vocal. Great songwriting. A love song to working folks. Straight up poetry of a man who leans hard into his muse.

    If you are hankering for a straight shot pure slice of America…If you are in the mood for a call to rise with a strong heartbeat and a steamy hot mug of big moon and open fields give this album a listen.

  • Bruce Rockwell
    Bruce Rockwell Benicia, CA
    I'll put Bob's work up with the best of Americana songwriters - Dylan, Springsteen, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and it's great to hear that he is still in his creative prime.

    I'll put Bob's work up with the best of Americana songwriters - Dylan, Springsteen, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and it's great to hear that he is still in his creative prime.