We’re excited to announce that Gip: The Movie, the documentary about Alabama bluesman, Henry “Gip” Gipson, will air across Alabama, Monday, May 21st on APT. It was an honor to work on the film with PSI Pictures director, Patrick Sheehan, and producer, Melanie Jeffcoat.
Grave digger by day and party animal by night, Gip is the owner of the world-renowned juke joint, Gip’s Place, located in Bessemer, Alabama. Gip has been playing the blues in his yard every Saturday night since 1952.
“Juke joints emerged out of the Jim Crow-era south as informal venues for the emerging blues players to hone their craft, giving way to what would become the foundation of American music,” said Sheehan. “Over the past decade juke joints have disappeared as modern night clubs, casinos and time itself have rendered them relics of the past.”
Argued by some as one of the four last remaining juke joints in America, Gip’s Place was raided and closed on May 4th, 2013.