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
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,” ...
The Black Cadillacs Get Serious About Their Future
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
The Cadillacs are Southern rockers in the same sense that like-minded outfits such as My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, and even the Black Crowes play Southern rock. There’s a strong rural inclination to the band’s arrangements; there are also ...
Local Music Review: Royal Bangs
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Knoxville’s Royal Bangs sound like a mad carousel spun off its axis, or maybe a music box possessed by poltergeists hopped up on speed. And that’s a good thing; the band’s frenetically paced records serve up purees of punk, new ...
’Shine On: Ol’ Thunder Road Is More Like an Interstate These Days as East Tennessee Cashes In on Legal Moonshine
Published 09/18/2013 at 11:41 a.m.
Used to be, moonshine was that somewhat illegal drink passed around in jars at a party. But now it’s big business—and it’s getting bigger. With the legalization of distilling and selling white whiskey, white lightning has quickly become a trendy ...
Preservation Pub Revives '90s Rock Club the Mercury Theater for One Night
Published 08/28/2013 at 12:19 p.m.
Back in the days before Knoxville’s 21st-century downtown revitalization, Market Square didn’t have much going outside the lunch rush on weekday afternoons. In fact, the only consistent after-hours activity provided throughout the entire decade of the 1990s came courtesy of ...
Starting His Own Made-In-America Denim Line, Marcus Hall Is Knoxville’s Blue-Collar (Fashion) Hero
Updated 07/11/2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Marcus Hall has done something remarkable: started his own line of designer blue jeans, called Marc Nelson, that’s gaining traction in the fashion industry. From Knoxville. But it hasn’t been easy, and it won’t get any more so as the ...
The Royal Hounds: 'I'm in Love With a Zombie'
Published 06/26/2013 at 10:32 a.m.
Knoxville rockabilly trio the Royal Hounds flaunt blistering chops and an estimable wit and manage to hint at the anarchic showmanship that reigns at their live performances on their debut album, I’m in Love With a Zombie.