Review by Plez HIll – 2014

Kory Gibbs local reviewIn case you have not heard, there is an amazing musician who resides in Amador County. He is only 14 years old and is a once-in-a-lifetime musical talent who ia a virtuoso at playing the guitar. His name is Kory Gibbs. Remember that name, for once you hear him play the guitar, you will never forget it.

Kory plays teh guitar as though he is one with the instrument – it is as though the guitar’s sounds eminate from Kory’s soul as is fingers effortlessly dance up and down his guitar’s fret board while he picks and strums creating the sounds of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Lynard Skynyrd and others.

After starting out as a street performer, the demand to see Kory perform increased from groups of people attending his performances at small venues like community events to a large audience witnessing Kory and his band – “Lightning Boy and his Thundering Blues Band” – as the opening act for the rock group Kansas at a recently held concert at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.  Word has it the event was “sold out” in large part due to Kory’s appearance there. And yes, I must admit I too finally siccumbed to “Kory Gibbs Mania” which is sweeping across California’s Gold Country counties.

By Plez Hill

Practice a lot and Let God lead the way

Kory Gibbs - Let God lead the wayExcerpt of cover story and feature article from May 2012 in Elev8Up Magazine – Sacramento, CA

On his path towards the spotlight, Kory has taken the appropriate strides to get him there.  Although he says the hardest obstacle of a band is finding great reliable band members, it is an obstacle that had to be tackled.  He played with his first band a year ago (2012) and the rest – as they say – is history.

Along with his strong band, so far he has accomplished successfully playing at local venues such as Sloughhouse, BG’s, Pine Cove Tavern, Theresa’s Restaurant, Helwig Winery, and the Amador County Fair, to name a few. He’s even gone as far as to play with John Lee Hooker Jr. at the Blues and Bones Festival in Angles Camp, California this past summer.

Regardless of his steady rise to success, Kory keeps it humble. He leaves his fans with this tidbit of advice, “Just practice a lot and let God lead the way.”  Hitting two birds with one store, he gets practice in while making extra money on the side. He and his band can be found playing the blues on the streets of Old Sacramento, Angles Camp, West Point, San Francisco Boardwalk, Murphy’s or miscellaneous festivals in the surrounding area.  Success and fame don’t always come easy, and not without trying.  Kory is making sure to put forth his due diligence to get there.

Lightning Boy takes the stage by storm

Magazine Cover page and featured article from Elev8Up Magazine – Sacramento, CAmagazine-blog_post

Kory started playing guitars screen years ago simply because he thought the guitar was cool and loves music. Through practice and brief lessons, he learned the essentials enough to get comfortable. He then continued by teaching himself, creating YouTube videos, tutorials, and the like.

With this natural talent for music, you would think he comes from a family of intense musicians. Oddly enough, however, in a full house with two half-sisters, he is the only musical talent in the family. This passion to play comes from deep within and only developed through his tenacity and perseverance.  Now Kory wants to make a living playing guitar, so much so that he’s stated he lives, sleeps and dreams guitar.

Through his rise in popularity, one might assume that such a young, impressionable mind might get lost in the excitement and lose themselves to exposure. With Kory, however, this is definitely not the case. He goes to school every day and even finds time to enjoy a little Rock Band (for good measure) after school. On Fridays, he can be found playing at New Life Community Church during a weekly event called U-Turn for kids ages 12 through 18.

Unlike many secular artists out there, Kory wants people to know he believes in God. His faith is important to him and he has a big heart. He may be an extremely talented kid-phenom in terms of music, but he still keeps it real and down to earth enjoying basketball, pool and regularly attending bible study.  Also, as most young men his age do, he likes action movies – especially zombie thrillers.

From a musical perspective however, he is anything but conventional in comparison to kids his age. His favorite musicians are Slash (former lead guitarist of Guns N Roses) and Stevie Ray Vaughn (more endearingly known to fans as SRV of Double Trouble) and he says if he had to choose one star to model his career after, he would gravitate towards slash.

Dissimilar to the professional path and eventual career-fate experienced by music icon Saul “Slash” Hudson, Kory tends to focus more on respecting the audience.  He enjoys making them happy through his music and feeding off their positive energy.  “At the end of each show I want the crowd to know that I am grateful and happy”, Kory says. With his bass singer and drummer by is side, this young talent is taking off at a rate similar to that of SRV, a similarly rare musician who started his career at the young age of 10 with a three-person bank in tow. Kory’s goal is to follow those footsteps and eventually make the same impact, one day headline on a significant stage.

For music and talent aficionados everywhere, we should all keep a close watch on Lightning Boy’s progress. Given his age and exposure level, we can only expect to see many more awe inspiring  performances on stage everywhere, eventually landing his name in lights as the main event. Guitar pics in one hand, school books in the other, this gifted and young musical powerhouse is taking the stage by storm – representing the meaning behind his name perfectly.


By: Jackie (Jax) B