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Spotlight on Gayle Skidmore...more cowbell please


Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 08:10


If one thing can be said about musician Gayle Skidmore, it’s that she cares deeply about her music. 

“I just know that it (music) means the world to me and that my goal is to move people with my songs and to inspire them,” Skidmore said. 

And after listening to her music, I believe it. A melancholy mixture of heartbreak, realization, and inspiration, this native San Diegan knows where her listeners hearts and souls are. 

“I have had a lot of intense life experiences and have written about things that perhaps not a lot of people have gone through" Skidmore said, "but I attempt to accomplish that in a way that is relatable and not necessarily transparent.”

Although she was classically trained on the piano, Skidmore is not a stranger to many instruments. 

“(I have) at least dabbled in about twenty other instruments,” Skidmore said. 

This is apparent in her music with rocking drums, electric guitar riffs, folky acoustic guitar, and her mainstay piano. Her musical influences are as eclectic as her musical experience. 

“I have a wide range of influences, and they vary depending on the day,” Skidmore said. “Today I am in Boston and it’s very gloomy and windy, so I’d say that Damien Rice, Lhasa De Sela and Jeff Buckley are some of my strongest influences. Yesterday I might have answered Radiohead and Andrew Bird. I do tend to gravitate toward anything theatrical and emotional, and will hole up with an album for months when one strikes me.”

Skidmore will be playing The Barley Street Tavern in Benson on Oct. 9 with Minor Birds and Orion Walson. It is only one stop of a nation-wide tour to promote “Zombie Heart,”– a three song EP. The EP is a precursor to a full length album she hopes to release in the near future. 

When asked about Omaha, Skidmore responded with excitement. “About a year ago I performed in Omaha with my friends Stacy Clark and Orion Walsh and had a great experience,” she said. “People were excited about our music and I can’t wait to get back there. I was also introduced to the amazing Sarah Benck, who absolutely blew me away with her incredible voice.”

The future is bright for Skidmore. As she tours the nation, she plans on “brainstorming ideas for the new album” and she might create another coloring book like she did for one of her other albums “Make Believe.”

“I’m hoping to record a few more songs at the Ninkasi Brewery,” Skidmore said. “I released a song on their compilation that I recorded with them in Eugene, OR, and have discussed recording a few more this winter.”

The show on Oct. 9 at the Barley Street Tavern in Benson starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. 

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