Ichiban Records signed Gilmore and released "Can't Kill Nothin'" (1993) and "Just Call Me Joey" (1995).
His 2006 album, "When The Gods Of Africa Meets The Ghosts Of Mississippi" was ranked #8 on Blues Critic's "Best Of 2006" list for "Top 10 Retro-Soul/Soul Blues Albums".
released in 2008 on Emancipation Media and Gilmore's next two LPs, "Brandon's
Blues" (2015) & "Respect The Blues" (2016) were released
on his own Mosher St. label.
"Self Titled aka Get All You Want" (Blue Candle 1979)
"So Good To Be Bad" (Pandisc 1989)
Sooner or Later
"Can't Kill Nothin'" (Ichiban 1993)
Can't Kill Nothin'
"Just Call Me Joey" (Wilbe/Ichiban 1995)
Chip Off The Old Block
"Live" (Blue Angel Recordings 2002)
1. Ghosts of
**** If they gave an award for "Best Album Title" this might have it. Even better- the music contained inside lives up to it. The last I heard from Gilmore was via two mid-90s Ichiban discs produced by William Bell. Both had their moments but were uneven overall. I remember thinking Gilmore could make a dynamite record and he's proved me right with "Ghosts". This potent, Soulful set is an inspired session of modern electric Blues with Soul. Opening with "Ghosts Of Mississippi", a brilliant piece written by Graham Wood Drout, with Gilmore and band hitting thick and muscular ala Albert King's "Born Under A Born Sign". Gilmore's pinched, slightly raspy voice and tart guitar licks get All Star support from Drout on bass, Cam Robb's skins and icy keyboards courtesy of Bob Abernathy. Drout provides two more above average cuts, including the the Rhumba-rhythmic "Blues All Over You" & the humorous "The Hawk" with Gilmore personifying a hawk. Another highlight is the moving ballad "All My Love" featuring some churchy organ and a emotive vocal by the big man. The weathered charm of Gilmore's voice reveals vulnerability and earnestness. The songwriting duo of Gilmore and George Caldwell composed this gem and five others. Four being Soul Blues pounders plus the moody, provocative "Things Have Not Changed", chronicling 48 years of racially-motivated crimes beginning with the lynching of Emmet Till up through the Rodney King episode. "48 years and things have not changed" Gilmore sings as evidence that mankind needs God to solve society's ills. On a lighter note is the now oft-covered "I Love To See You Smile". This version starts routinely before building to a rousing second half. What makes "Ghosts" special beyond superb playing and strong songs is Jim Nestor's warm, organic production. From the opening note throughout the record feels like a whole. Put this one high on your shopping list.
"Bluesman" (Emancipation Media/56 Deluxe 2008)
"Brandon's Blues" (Mosher St 2015)
1. Letting a Good
Thing Go Bad
"Respect The Blues" (Mosher St 2016)
1 Man of My Word