Bruce Rits Gilbert

"Sagachase": The Music Video!

"Sagachase": The Music Video is now on YouTube: With an intro by CalderZu and an outro by JaneN, along with amazing historical pictures and spectacular drone footage, learn the history of Sagachase and see its breathtaking transformation. View it here

New Concert!

Hey folks! Matt Lyons and I (and maybe Nick Gunty, too) will be opening for Steve Forbert as part of the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert Series on Saturday, May 25. Check out the details on the Calendar page. See you there! 


"Baby Jack" is the third in Bruce's series (including "Little Calder Boy" and "Little Baby Jane") of songs about his grandchildren. Released on October 12, 2018, this sweet song was produced by Nick Gunty (1/2 of Frances Luke Accord) in Nick's West Philadelphia studio. The song features Bruce's vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, along with Matt Lyons' lead guitar and Nick Gunty's ukelele, percussion and backing vocals. Are you "3000 miles apart" from someone that you love more than life itself? And does it "break [your] heart when it's time to leave"? Well, this song is for you.


 Well, I'm Sixty-Four

New original music from Bruce Rits Gilbert is here! This time with a talented group of musicians, dubbed The Missing Years, who came together just to make this new EP, called Well, I'm Sixty-Four. It's was released on April 8, 2018.  

Joining Bruce (vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica) on this EP are Matt Lyons (electric lead guitar), Nick Gunty (acoustic guitar and backing vocals), Brian Powers (mandolin and backing vocals), Glenn Ferracone (drums), Paul Klinefelter (upright and electric bass), Luke Ferracone (acoustic and electric guitar), and, on just one track, Teddy Grossman (piano, organ and vocals). 

The EP leads off with the title track, Well, I'm Sixty-Four, a follow-up to Paul McCartney's When I'm Sixty-Four and a reflective look at aging by Bruce as he turns 64, and includes sublime background harmonies by Nick and Brian, whose "day jobs" are making music as the amazing folk duo Frances Luke Accord. Nick and Brian also provide their dreamy harmonies on The Greatest Bank Robber of All Time, the story of the epic bank robbing career of George Leslie, and on Life is Better When I Laugh at Myself, Bruce's not entirely tongue-and-cheek look at his life's failures. 

Channeling his inner Elvis, Bruce goes all 50s rock in Love Finds You, which features the sumptuous lead guitar of Matt, who is the frontman for the Philadelphia-based band The Parameters, along with the exquisite rhythm section work by Glenn on drums, Paul on electric bass, and Luke and Bruce, both on rhythm guitars.  Bruce stays in the 50s' rock & roll genre with Pink Sneaks, his answer to Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes - - which Bruce covered on last year's Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies EP.

Bruce and Teddy co-wrote Christmas in Philly, an ode to "The Process" and the patient Philadelphia fans dreaming "of a party down Broad Street for a championship team" - - which happened on February 8 after the Eagles' Super Bowl win! Bruce, Nick and Teddy each sing a verse of this uniquely Philadelphia "Christmas" song. 
The EP's final track, Sagachase, tells the very personal story of a family home in Montauk, New York. Nick provides splendid harmonies to perfectly complement Bruce's lead vocals, and Matt's lead guitar sweetly guides the melody.      

                              * Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies *

On April 1, 2017, Bruce Rits Gilbert released a new EP. It's called Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies. Recorded at The Music Centre in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, and produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Glenn Ferracone, the album includes five original songs, along with two cover songs.

Along with Bruce's vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica, the album features Matt Lyons on lead guitar, Brian Kelly on bass guitar, and Kevin Haindl on drums. 


The album opens with the title track, Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies, which is a song of our uncertain and untrusting political times. The album's other originals include Drivin' To The City, a full out bluesy rocker; Little Baby Jane and Little Calder Boy, sweet tributes to Bruce's young grandkids; and When You No Longer Cry, the EP's closing track about the years going by. 

The two covers are John Prine's How Lucky, which is one of the prettiest and most under-appreciated John Prine songs, and Carl Perkins' iconic Blue Suede Shoes


Listen on the MUSIC page.