A staple of the annual Angelus benefits in Tampa, Florida, Guy Gilchrist is best known as the professional cartoonist responsible for the legendary “Nancy and Sluggo” cartoon strip. He was also chosen by the late Jim Hinson to create the “Muppets” comic strip. Guy is a major friend of Angelus, and can be seen on any day during the event signing autographs and drawing cartoons for all who want one. He can also be found singing backup with Charlie, Marshall Tucker, or yours truly on any given jam night.
It wasn’t until this past year that I learned of Guy’s second career, that of a performing singer/songwriter.
Gilchrist has recorded a very good five-song EP of his material with some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including long time Charlie Daniels guitarist Tommy Crain.
“Heart of the Night” is a well-crafted, up-tempo pop song that would fare well with any of today’s young country acts. To me, it’s reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, if Bruce went country,
“I Don’t Need You” would have been right at home on a Johnny Cash record. Matter of fact, Gilchrist name drops the man in black within the lyrics of this ultimate “kiss off” tune.
“Hoppy, The Ranger and Roy” is Guy’s excellent tribute to his childhood heroes, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers. Gilchrist sings straight from the heart about being a little boy with “a head full of big western dreams.” It’s something most of the guys from our generation can really relate to.
“Lookin’ for Me” flows with an almost Roy Orbison feel. It’s a song about going inward and seeking to find one’s true self, while simultaneously looking for love. Just an excellent song.
“House of Gray” is a great story song, heavy on descriptive lyrics and melody. It paints a picture in your mind so clearly you feel like you are standing just outside that old gray house that held so many memories.
I know there are several big name stars already looking at Guy’s songs, and that’s a good thing. It is quite obvious when you hear his music that Gilchrist may soon have to evenly divide his time between drawing and writing. Talk about talent. Graet writing, great music. I’m ready for a full length album.
-Michael Buffalo Smith