"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
"Jaquie Gipson takes a guitar in hand and she becomes a one-woman band! She has to be a prolific writer in order to showcase her incredible playing style. Three recordings, and a tour schedule that has luthiers vying for her to ‘show off’ what their guitars can do, she truly has changed the way people experience the guitar. However, her concerts are not heady and musically snobbish! She creates a musical place where all are welcome, but jaws will eventually drop as she commands her instrument. Performing at festivals like the Trinidadio Blues Fest, and music trade events like the NAMM show, the largest music trade show in the world, guarantees her place in women’s music history."
-- Spanish Peaks Alliance for the Arts
"... Jaquie's CD is truly spectacular. This will take some repeated listening to fully appreciate, but is easy to listen to from the very start. No pretentiousness in that amazing technique. That's what is so beautiful. Her playing is transcending itself not drawing attention to the technique; you focus on the musicality of it all."
-- Vincent Marcopoli
"This lady is fantastic! She has technique and melody working together.....Jacquie has a depth and maturity to her playing that is simply wonderful."
"Jaquie Gipson is one of those guitarists you're glad you discovered before anyone else did. Her music is deceptively unassuming, but is actually loaded with all sorts of complex techniques, most notably a heavy dose of two-hand tapping. I was recently hanging out with Jaquie and another colleague who asked her how she spent her free time. "Practicing my guitar," she said. Jaquie then sat down to play a Northwood Mini-Jumbo I had just purchased, and his only response was, "I guess you've been practicing A LOT"."
--John Fowler Shoreline Music
"Let me give you a really good tip. The next time Jaquie Gipson performs in your area, run, don’t walk to get a front row seat. If you have not heard her brand of playing, you are in for a special experience. Jaquie does not just play the guitar. She strokes, drums, and double taps the instrument, coaxing beautiful thoughts, ideas, memories and emotions out of that piece of wood."
--Phylis Stark Acoustic Spotlight Black Rose Acoustic Society
Hedges opened a whole new world of acoustic guitar music by his
revolutionary two-handed tapping. Players like Preston Reed have added
strong percussive elements, and young guns like Justin King are exploring
new boundaries of speed and power. But sometimes in all the banging and
gonging, I really just want to hear a coherent melody developed through the
movement of the song. In her second solo release "Images," Colorado-based
Jaquie Gipson shows why she is gaining a strong regional and even national
following. There's plenty of popping, tapping, banging and scraping
happening to satisfy the non-traditionalists who want the guitar to be a box
of all trades. But Gipson also marks time in distinctly melodic ways, using
fingerstyle where it works well. One of the strengths of this music is that
her compositions know when to stop -- there is not an endless dragging out
of sound. "Hummingbird" picks us up in its flight of fancy, darting and
dashing with effective tapping but presenting this diminutive sprite is all
its resplendent glory. "Gettysburg" beautifully haunts us with images of
that national tragedy. "Spirit Warrior" evokes the spirituality of the
peoples of the First Nations in a blend of percussion, flute, and guitar to
bring us to the war council (several cuts have a Native American feel). My
favorite piece is "Autumn's Song," one of the best fingerstyle songs I have
ever heard. It's one of those you just can't get out of your mind, like a
sweet walk through the gently falling leaves on a sunny, cool afternoon."
"In a world of mass marketing, pop-up ads, and quick-paced constant onslaught of the brain, “Images” is a thought-provoking, spiritual collection of songs, which takes the listener on a journey of their choosing. Jaquie uses her guitar tapping technique not as a showcase of her ability but rather to paint and punctuate her canvas of musical ideas."
-- Stewart Levett Stew's Reviews Black Rose Acoustic Society
"I just received Jaquie's CD, Images...... It is powerful, sensitive, ....... and wonderful variety in style, but ever present tone with flawless execution..... Can't stop listening to it. Thanks Jaquie for such wonderful images!"
succeeds on Images to create top-notch percussive acoustic guitar music. As
well, she is able to engage the listener with intimate ballads that embody
acoustic guitar CD "Hometown" exudes warmth, wit and guitar wizardry.
Jaquie's music captures her own strong emotions and presents them in
engrossing original music, inspired by Messrs. Kottke, Hedges, and Preston
Reed (and maybe fellow Coloradan blueslady extraordinaire Mary Flower). The
uptempo pieces are played with great energy and flair, and the slower pieces
with soul. After listening, we want to know her better, and in the world of
solo efforts, what could be a higher compliment?"
"Her hand movement is poetry in motion."
"Jaquie Gipson is one of the most brilliant guitarists that we have ever had the pleasure of knowing."
"It is effectively the word grace which immediately comes to my mind when I think about your [Jaquie's] music. There is not one moment in which your [Jaquie's] 2 c.d.’s fall into heaviness or repetition. And, moreover, you succeed in bringing out the power of tapping."
--Matthieu Magnon, Touchguitare -- France
"The names Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges are often mentioned in the same breath. But the two really manifest contrary guitar styles. It would be as difficult to imagine Kottke slapping harmonics from his guitar as it would be to imagine Hedges power-plucking a churning rag on 12-string. That a hometown mom and wife from tiny Trinidad, Colorado would be the one to artfully hybridize the styles of these two masters might raise eyebrows. And raise they should for Jaquie Gipson. Try this. Subject your most musically knowledgeable friends to a blindfold test with five tracks from Gipson's "Hometown": "Wazubi", "Chicken Chase", "Plato's Playground", "Ride the Wind" and "Rush Hour". Damned if ten out of ten of them won't confidently proclaim that's Leo Kottke. You might get a more varied response when you quiz them on "Tap Dance", "Francisco Street" and "High Wire", with many venturing Hedges' name but also a smattering of the names Billy McLaughlin and Preston Reed."
-- Minor 7th
"I remembered an old magician saying 'at no time will my fingers leave my hands!' I just had to wonder what sleight of hand Jaquie was performing when I heard and saw her unique rhythmic double tapping acoustic magic."
--Lee Colburn, The Black Rose Acoustic Society
"To watch her play is truly a joy... . Jaquie's [performance] was at times energetic and vibrant, slow, soft and soothing at others... . But what makes her performances special is that she doesn't take herself too seriously, making light of what she does, as if it WERE nothing too special. Hardly!!"
-- George Rivera, Host, After Hours Acoustic Gallery
"Put a guitar in her hands and she'll tell you a story. Not with words, but with music."
--Scott Smith, The Pueblo Chieftain
Trinidad, Colorado 81082