8th Annual, Alabama Music Awards | Sunday July 24, 2022 | Bessemer Civic Center 1130 9th Avenue SW Bessemer, Al. 35022
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2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Mr. Gip

Henry “Gip” Gipson is a lot of things to different people. To some he is a true old school Bluesman, to some he is a grave digger and cemetary owner, to others he is a spiritual advisor , to many he is the owner and host of perhaps the last real Juke Joint in America , but to all he is an authenic American treasure. At 97 years old Mr Gip is a man of wisdom as well as a man of God.

Too some peoples mind a man that runs a Saturday night Juke Joint and a man of God is a contradiction, but Mr. Gip is no contradiction. Born in Uniontown Alabama in 1920 Gip developed a love of music early in life. For over 65 Mr Gip has opened his home to friends and strangers alike every Saturday night to enjoy music and fellowship. Patrons come to Gipʼs expecting a unique musical experience but are often unprepared for the undeniable feeling of unity and love. He has found the perfect bridge to connect people of all backgrounds and beliefs and that bridge is music. Gipʼs Place is known today all over the world. On most Saturday nights are attended by visitors from other countries.

Recent shows have been attended by music lovers from Belgium, Germany, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, Italy, France, Ireland and many other nations as well as from all 50 states. Gip Gipson is a real bluesman that plays his guitar and sings everyday with the haunting conviction that was born in heartache but heals the hearts of others. He is a real bluesman that plays his guitar and sings everyday with the haunting conviction that was born in heartache but heals the hearts of others.

He is a real bluesman that plays his guitar and sings everyday with the haunting conviction that was born in heartache but heals the hearts of others. Henry ʻGipʼ Gipson is the recipient of 2017 Alabama Music Awards “ Lifetime Achievement Award”. Its hard to imagine that anyone has achieved more in their life in the music world than Mr. Gip, maybe not in fame and fortune as much as in the impact he has had on peoples lives.