Dave Gibson – ACM award Winner Gibson/Miller Band

Dave Gibson Recorded May 13, 2021

Gibson/Miler Band CD: Where There’s Smoke |

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Chris McKay interviews ACM Award Winner, singer, songwriter and performer Dave Gibson from the Gibson/Miller Band. From his humble beginnings in Nashville to writing huge hits for Alabama, Confederate Railroad, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie and Steve Wariner and others. Dave Gibson is also an award winning Children’s book author: CLICK THE TITLE of “War at the Ice Cream Store: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli“.


David Lowell Gibson is an American country music songwriter. Gibson has written songs for Alabama, Tanya Tucker, and others. Gibson was born in El Dorado, Arkansas and raised in Odessa, Texas before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1982. He held a publishing contract with a company owned by The Oak Ridge Boys. Between 1990 and 1994, Gibson was the frontman of the Gibson/Miller Band.

List of songs written by Dave Gibson

Gibson wrote or co-wrote the following songs:

  • Alabama: “Jukebox in My Mind”
  • Larry Boone: “Don’t Give Candy to a Stranger”
  • Confederate Railroad: “Queen of Memphis”, “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind”
  • Joe Diffie: “Ships That Don’t Come In”
  • Gibson/Miller Band: “High Rollin'”, “Texas Tattoo”, “Red, White, and Blue Collar”, “Stone Cold Country”
  • James House: “That’ll Be the Last Thing”
  • Montgomery Gentry: “Lonely and Gone”
  • Southern Pacific: “Honey I Dare You”, “All Is Lost”
  • Pam Tillis: “Do You Know Where Your Man Is”
  • Tanya Tucker: “If It Don’t Come Easy”
  • Conway Twitty: “House on Old Lonesome Road”
  • Steve Wariner: “Midnight Fire”, “Don’t You Give Up on Love”, “Heart Trouble”

Gibson/Miller Band was an American country music band founded in 1990 by Dave Gibson and Bill “Blue” Miller, the latter of whom was a former guest musician in rock musician Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band. Both Gibson and Miller served as vocalists and guitarists in the Gibson/Miller Band, which also included Mike Daly (steel guitar), Bryan Grassmeyer (bass guitar), and Steve Grossman (drums). Grassmeyer was replaced in 1993 by Doug Kahan. Between 1992 and 1994, the Gibson/Miller Band recorded two albums for Epic Records, in addition to charting seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. After disbanding in 1994, both Gibson and Miller assumed solo careers.

Gibson/Miller Band was formed in 1990, when Doug Johnson, then-vice president of Epic Records, introduced Dave Gibson and Blue Miller to each other, thinking that the two artists would work well together as songwriters. Among Gibson’s cuts were “If It Don’t Come Easy” by Tanya Tucker, “Ships That Don’t Come In” by Joe Diffie and “Queen of Memphis” by Confederate Railroad. Gibson and Miller soon assembled a band and recorded a demo tape, which they sent to Johnson.

By 1992, the band was signed to Epic Records; their debut single, “Big Heart”, was released at the end of the year.

In 1993, the group’s first album, titled Where There’s Smoke, was released. Counting “Big Heart”, the album produced five chart singles overall, including the No. 20 “High Rollin'”, their highest-charting. The Gibson/Miller Band also received the Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Vocal Duo or Group.

A second album, Red, White & Blue Collar, was released in 1994. Serving as its lead-off single was a cover of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”; Gibson/Miller Band’s version was also featured in the soundtrack for the 1994 film The Cowboy WayRed, White & Blue Collar was less successful than its predecessor, however, and the Gibson/Miller Band was dropped from Epic’s roster that same year, shortly before disbanding. Both Gibson and Miller continued to record solo, and as backing musicians for other artists. In 1997, Gibson married singer-songwriter Daisy Dern.




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