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Yuba-Sutter musicians find magic in pairing
Yuba-Sutter area singer-songwriters Sara Gibson and Amanda Gray were independent acts until just seven months ago, when they first took the stage as a pair.
"We played three times together before a friend said you guys really have something with this duo. There could be endless possibilities," Gibson said.
Together as Gibson&Gray, they create rich and honest country music with heartfelt original lyrics sung with sweet harmonies supported by Gibson's guitar.
"It just clicked; it worked," Gray said.
They rolled with the act all the way to Nashville, Tenn., where they recorded their first EP, titled "Guns & Guitars," in August.
The album release is this Sunday at Steelhead Lodge, during a show that will include special guest songwriters and performers.
Gray said the two share taste in music. She grew up listening to old-school country, the likes of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, on her grandpa's reel to reel. Then, she got turned on to Neil Young and rock and roll.
At the heart of their music is storytelling.
"I think that's why we click a lot as songwriters. It wasn't about the production. It wasn't about the music. It was about the stories," Gray said.
That's evident in Gibson&Gray's song "Darlin' gets me every time," based on personal experience Gray had with a friend and a bouncer.
The song is also a nod to Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin.'"
"We wrote it almost as a response," Gray said. "It's like, I can't go back to you because you're going to break my heart, but darlin' gets me every time."
Gray said they wrote a few songs together before they performed earlier this year.
"I was nervous (about performing together)," Gibson said. "I was worried that I would mess things up. I've battled confidence all my life but it doesn't stop me from doing what I love."
As a duo, "It's just really come together," Gibson said.