Grammy nominated producer, Gitkin is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from
Gitkin’s music exists somewhere between primal, rootsy memory and distant
exotic yearning — A dusty bordertown where the familiar blends imperceptibly into
the enchantingly foreign.
After a long and fruitful run as a bandleader with relentlessly touring party-rockers
Pimps Of Joytime and a Grammy-nominated country blues collaboration with
Cedric Burnside, multi-instrumentalist Brian J set out to “explore tonalities I’d
never messed with,” as he puts it.
Reviews of Gitkin’s first two LP’s grappled with descriptors, tagging it vaguely as
“cinematic” and comparing it favorably with Khruangbin. True, the music is largely
wordless, emotionally evocative, and guitar driven. But it possesses an alluring
alchemy all its own.
Gitkin’s first release, 2018’s well-received Five Star Motel, amply demonstrated
his ease with earthy funk and comfortably-cut rhythm. On his follow up album, Safe Passage, the itinerant guitar slinger broadened his already rich
palette with melodies informed by Greek and Middle Eastern modalities, Peruvian
Chicha and Tuareg Saharan guitar styles. No gimmick, this juxtaposition of gut-
bucket blues and funk low-end with unexpectedly twisting lead phrases highlights
the intense flavors found in each savory ingredient.
Gitkin's latest release, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere, is sure to
become the soundtrack to your wanderlust. With elements of Peruvian chicha,
Saharan tuareg, Cuban son montuno, and psych-rock, Gitkin
draws from styles around the world but manages to create his own authentic essence.
With over 10 million total streams and 50,000 followers across all socials, it is clear that
Gitkin’s artistic voice is resonating with fans.
Gitkin says on the making of the record. “Though I try to think as little as possible when I’m creating, I was reflecting on a particular phase of my life in my early 20s. I was hitchhiking around the
country, meditating, generally seeking adventure and something sacred. Somehow the
essence of that journey crept into the record. Nowhere To Go But Everywhere is a
quote from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road that fits the wanderlust spirit of the music.”
Listen to Nowhere To Go But Everywhere here. Gitkin will bringing his live show to Europe for a month tour in September with select dates in the US this summer.