About Mike Gibson
BiographyStaff writer Mike Gibson was born in the heathen jungle wilds of Tanzania, raised by a feral herd of pygmy Boer goats. Upon migrating to the U.S. in 1865 for the purpose of studying medicinal origami, he abruptly switched career paths and entered journalism school at South Pizmo College for the Mucous-Deficient. He earned no actual school credits at South Pizmo, but did manage to land a pivotal internship with Butt Shuttle, a tasteful and highly sophisticated gentleman's publication. He has been with Metro Pulse for the better part of the last week now, and in that time has spent many long minutes thinking about writing numerous award-winning stories. When he is not on the job, Gibson is a liar, a charlatan, a dope fiend, a cheapskate and a butt kisser of the first rank. Metro Pulse looks forward to many more years of fine service from Gibson's office, which he will hopefully have departed by the end of next week, after the pesticides take effect.
- Articles Editor
04/18/2008 - 10/01/2008
- Staff Writer
04/02/1995 - 04/18/2008
Festival Season Continues With Rhythm N' Blooms
Published 04/02/2014 at 11:16 a.m.
The recent Big Ears avant-music celebration was an event to remember here in Knoxville. But it will not go down as the city’s biggest or best-attended music festival of 2014. That honor will almost certainly belong to Rhythm N’ Blooms, ...
1990s Rock and Soul Ensemble Gran Torino Reunites for One Show—and Maybe More
Published 03/12/2014 at 10:24 a.m.
If Gran Torino wasn’t the biggest name to emerge from Knoxville as a full-time touring act, it certainly had the biggest roster. The nine-piece horn-driven outfit came together in 1995—a combination of ex-Bearden High School buddies and University of Tennessee ...
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Explore New Frontiers Together
Published 03/05/2014 at 10:06 a.m.
Banjoist Béla Fleck has created more music in more contexts than most any instrumentalist in recent memory: redefining bluegrass with the New Grass Revival; breaking new ground in fusion with the Flecktones; writing classical pieces for symphony; playing jazz, Indian, ...
Co-Op Campaign: Members of Knox Game Design Are on a Quest to Conquer Indie Video Gaming
Published 01/23/2014 at 10:33 a.m. 2 Comments
Indie video game design is a growing segment of the industry, and members of the Knox Game Design meetup group are pursuing their own pixilated visions. Mike Gibson stops by the Technology Co-op in the Old City to watch members ...
Allman Brothers Guitarist Derek Trucks Makes Time for His Other Band
Published 01/15/2014 at 10:21 a.m.
Longtime fans of slide-guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks are doubtless dismayed to hear that 2014 will be his last with Southern rock icons the Allman Brothers Band. But listeners can take heart in the fact that Trucks will still be active, ...
Scruffy City Hall Set to Open This Month
Published 01/08/2014 at 9:57 a.m.
Preservation Pub proprietors Scott and Bernadette West are on the verge of unveiling their new venue at 32 Market Square, adjacent to the Pub, a spacious brewpub/concert hall dubbed Scruffy City Hall.
Reviving James Brown's Radio Station Call Letters, Rep. Joe Armstrong Aims to Fill a Void in Knoxville's Airwaves
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 1 Comment
WJBE—a “raw soul” radio station originally owned by one James Brown beginning in the late ’60s—is back on the air. State Rep. Joe Armstrong, who recently purchased the frequencies and the rights to the call letters, hopes to bring music ...
Jonathan Sexton Mixes Business and Music
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:24 a.m.
This column may not be the most abundant source for news on Knoxville’s business community, but singer/songwriter Jonathan Sexton, veteran of the Big Love Choir and a host of other local acts, inspires us to get busy.
Remembering Jon Haas, the Imaginative Developer Who Made a Difference in Fort Sanders
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:03 a.m. 2 Comments
Maybe you never heard of Jon Haas. Maybe you weren’t familiar with his business ventures, and maybe you never lived in one of his Fort Sanders properties. But the measure of Haas’ life was greater than the sum of those ...
Act Two: Guitar Hero Steve Vai Keeps Looking Forward with the Second Part of a Trilogy of Concept Albums
Published 11/06/2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Asked if he would ever consider a Big Rock project again, Vai doesn’t rule out the possibility. But he has some strict guidelines. “It would have to be an extraordinary situation, because I get offers like that all the time,” ...