By John Benson
Hoping to get a toehold in the local country-music scene for more than a year, Hanoverton resident Cody Gibson is starting to make inroads.
Take for instance his show tonight at the Dusty Armadillo.
“Oh yeah, I’ve been trying to get in there for a year, but they only book national acts, so it’s taken me a while,” Gibson said. “I stayed after them. I have a huge fan base that wrote letters, called them and said, ‘If you have this local kid there, he’s going to tear it up.’ And me and my band, that’s what we do. We played at Rodeo Music Hall in Austintown and had over 1,000 people.”
Things are happening for Gibson, who as a teenager moved from Arizona to the Buckeye State. While the singer-guitarist messed around with jam bands in high school, he wasn’t sure about his future. He liked music, even moved to California to give it a go for a while, but that didn’t pan out.
However, things changed roughly 18 months ago when the then-construction worker was singing karaoke in a local bar.
“Up to that point, everything had been drilled into my head — do the American dream, get a house with a white picket fence and that stuff,” Gibson said. “But I was singing at a bar one night for a karaoke, and this lady approached me and said, ‘If you sing karaoke for the rest of your life, you’re stupid.’
“She was managing another country artist at the time and told me she could help me get things started off the ground. And she did. We did a demo down in Nashville, and I wrote with a couple of people down there.”
That demo is “Wash It Down with Jack,” which featured just Gibson and a guitar. From there, Gibson solidified his band and started taking trips to the Music City to co-write and record.
“I’ve been playing out and doing gigs for only about a year,” Gibson said. “We’re just getting started. I don’t even have my first album out yet, which comes out this month. That’ll go on iTunes.”
Armed with a rocking country vibe similar to Jason Aldean and Eric Church, Gibson said his new album, “That’s My Home,” due out later this month, includes his fun radio single “Tailgate Buzz” and the ballad title track.
Finally, now that his foot is in the door, does Gibson think he’ll be asked back to the Dusty Armadillo?
“It depends on how I do,” he said, laughing. “But I’m going to burn the roof off that mutha, so I’m guessing they’ll be calling us back.”