On Tuesday, March 3 at Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Gibson recognized D.C.-based Delta Bluesman Memphis Gold with a Gibson Custom ES-335. The award was presented by Bill Wax, Program Director and show host of Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville, on behalf of Gibson. 

“I can finally play a guitar that I have dreamed of playing since I was a young boy,” said Gold. ”I feel like I am a part of the Gibson family. I take great pride in having such a wonderful instrument and will play it proudly the rest of my life.” 

Memphis Gold was recognized for his contribution to the blues and for his perseverance in getting back to his music after a tragic work-related accident in January ’08.  His remarkable comeback has included a recent appearance with Sly Stone, Harold Melvin’s Blues Notes and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the Heroes Red, White and Blue Presidential Inaugural Ball and a cover story in Living Blues, the nation’s oldest blues publication.

“I want to thank Gibson for not only allowing me to have the opportunity to help honor Memphis Gold,” said Wax, “but that they realize the importance of the blues musicians who continue to work night after night with very little recognition or financial gain.  It says worlds about Gibson and their commitment to music.”

Photo Credit: Ron Weinstock