Artist of the Week: Gus Black

Formerly known as simply “Gus,” you may have heard this artist back in the day on the Scream soundtrack, covering “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” but since then Gus has been hard at work on some of the best original songs we’ve seen from a singer/songwriter. Featured on other programs like Smallville, Californication, Alias, and more, Black’s music has been all over T.V. and is now all over BTR!  He’s now going by his full name, Gus Black, and he’s also signed to Cheap Lullaby Records – one of our favorites here on BTR – and the home of other standout artists like Teitur and Joan As Police Woman.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Gus currently enjoys critical acclaim in Germany – this adopted European has been very successful in this market, recently having his new album selected as “album of the day” on a Hamburg radio station. Having been featured in several publications, including a write-up in Rolling Stone Germany, Gus’ tender voice and acoustic guitar will no doubt reach many more with this 5th and latest effort, Today is Not the Day to F#@k with Gus Black.

Like many modern troubadours, Black often relies on bare-bones acoustic tunes to evoke emotion in his audience. He does this effectively, wistfully describing all the usual woes of akin to many singer/songwriters. However, unlike most, Gus Black is also capable of creating staggering rhythms and lush melodies, which exist alongside Black’s charismatic performance style. Be sure to check out Gus Black on BTR- we’ll keep you updated on tour dates as they are announced!

Today Is Not The Day… will be available on iTunes May 20th, and is also available via Cheap Lullaby Records.

Catch Gus Black Live!

9/18- Paradiso- Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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