Twisting in the Wind

Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

With songs that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think, Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years have put together a striking and memorable Folk-Americana album that you'll want to listen to again and again.

"Twisting in the Wind" is a compelling, whimsical new album by Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years. Produced by Nick Gunty (half of the highly acclaimed folk duo, Frances Luke Accord), the record features songs of joy, songs of hope, songs that take dead aim at this country's Liar-in-Chief and songs of genuine self-reflection. The album has 10 original tunes by Bruce (including one co-written by Benjamin Calder Zulauf) and one colorful reimagining of John Prine's "It's Happening To You."

In addition to Bruce's vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, the album features Matt Lyons on backing vocals and lead guitar (electric, acoustic, and slide) and Nick Gunty on backing vocals, bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. Teddy Grossman contributes lead vocals and Wurlitzer on "The Boy Will Write His Own Story" and backing vocals on "Come Home," while Bruce's daughter, Molly Gilbert Zulauf, sings lead vocals on "Baby Jack" and backing vocals on "Oh Charlie!." Both Jane Reed Nosal and Calder Rits Zulauf (Bruce's grandkids) make surprise appearances throughout the record.

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Come Home

Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

"Come Home" is the title track of the soon-to-be-released album from Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years. Tired of what's happening in America (and American politics)? This song is for you.

The title track of the soon-to-be-released Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years album, "Come Home" is the patriotic song that many in America have been waiting for. Produced by Nick Gunty (from the highly acclaimed folk duo, Frances Luke Accord), the song, written by Bruce, features Bruce on vocals and acoustic guitar, Matt Lyons on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Nick Gunty on bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals. So, come on, America! You're ready to "take a big left turn" and "surf a big blue wave." It's time to Come Home.

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Baby Jack

Bruce Rits Gilbert

Grandchild #3 gets his own song! "Oh, Baby Jack, I'll always come back."

"Baby Jack" is the third in Bruce's series (including "Little Calder Boy" and "Little Baby Jane") of songs about his grandchildren. 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.

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Well, I'm Sixty-Four

Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

Produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Glenn Ferracone, this is the debut album of Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years. It includes seven new rockin', pop-in', folk-in', original songs for dancing, dreaming, thinking and crying. Turn it up!

New original music from Bruce Rits Gilbert! 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."

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).

Produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Glenn Ferracone, The EP leads off with the title track, "Well, I'm Sixty-Four," 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' win in Super Bowl LII! Bruce, Nick and Teddy each take the lead on a verse of this uniquely Philadelphia "Christmas" song.

The EP's final track, "Sagachase," tells the very personal story of a 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.

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Christmas in Philly

Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

Hey Philly Phans! This one's for you! "Christmas in Philly," inspired by John Prine's "Christmas in Prison," is a uniquely Philadelphia Christmas tune by Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years. Trust the Process! And party down Broad Street!

"Christmas in Philly," inspired by John Prine's "Christmas in Prison," is a uniquely Philadelphia tune (Trust the Process!) written by Bruce Rits Gilbert and Teddy Grossman, and performed by Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years.

The Missing Years, a band in the tradition of The Traveling Wilburys, includes singer-songwriter Bruce Rits Gilbert, Teddy Grossman (frontman for Great Divide), Matt Lyons (frontman for The Parameters), Nick Gunty (one-half of the amazing folk duo, Frances Luke Accord), and Glenn Ferracone.

Featuring amazing vocals and harmonies by Teddy, Nick and Bruce, sparking lead guitar by Matt, Nick's rhythm guitar, Teddy on piano and organ, Bruce's guitar and harmonica, and Glenn's drums, "Christmas in Philly" will give Philadelphia sports fans the ultimate Christmas present: A party down Broad Street for a championship team!

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Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies

Bruce Rits Gilbert

Produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Glenn Ferracone, this brilliant new EP includes five, new originals, along with two iconic cover songs. Bruce's supporting cast includes Matt Lyons (lead guitar), Brian Kelly (bass) and Kevin Haindle (drums).

Bruce Rits Gilbert's new EP, "Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies," was recorded at the Music Centre in Chester Springs, PA. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Glenn Ferracone, the album includes five originals, 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 EP's other originals include "Drivin' To The City," a full out bluesy rocker; "Little Baby Jane" and "Little Calder Boy," two sweet tributes to Bruce's young grandkids; and "When You No Longer Cry," the album'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."

In other words, the album is 22 minutes and 54 seconds of awesomeness.

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Ride the Open Road

Bruce Rits Gilbert

This new album includes some upbeat rockers, a couple of sentimental stories, a few tributes, a ballad, and a silly love song.

Bruce Rits Gilbert has a new album, "Ride the Open Road." It's his first album recorded in a studio. Recorded at Red Planet in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, the album includes 10 original songs. Bruce co-produced the album with Matt Lyons, the lead guitarist and frontman for The Parameters. In addition to Matt's riveting lead guitar, Matt's bandmates in the Parameters also support Bruce on the album. Brian Kelly adds a fine bass guitar to several songs and plays piano on others, and Kevin Haindl, on drums, sets the tempo throughout.

The album includes upbeat rockers "Ride the Open Road," the title track which is an ode to an old friend; "Dancing All Night Long," the catchy opening track on the album; and a rockin', new recording of "99 Miles to Philly," in which Bruce ditches his acoustic guitar for an electric guitar. Bruce also re-recorded an uptempo, country version of the sentimental "It Wasn't So Long Ago," a sweet tune about kids growing up and leaving home.

The album also includes sentimental stories of a cross country road-trip "All the Way to Seattle" with his youngest daughter, as well as hearing some surprising news at the dinner table on a "Beautiful Day in August." Also included are tributes to Bruce's hometown in "Back in Whitefish Bay," and to his niece's marriage in "Katie and The Truth."

And the album closes out with "What Ever Happened to Tyjai?," a sad and moving ballad, and "I'll Always Stand With You," a silly love song that would make Paul McCartney proud.

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Coming Soon: New LP: "Twisting in the Wind"

Coming Soon: New LP: "Twisting in the Wind"

"Twisting in the Wind"

Ten original songs + one John Prine cover. Coming soon to the "Music and Lyrics" button on the top of the page. Thank you!