Gip Gipson's fingers have spent a lifetime working guitar strings, shaking hands and spreading the spirit of the blues.
When it comes to putting on a show, hosting a party and running a world renowned juke-joint, he's your man.
Gip's notoriety has grown and spread and been featured by blues magazines across the globe and on radio.
Recently, however, those very guitar picking, music loving fingers have fallen prey to an all too common malady.
No, it isn't what you might think.
Well into his 80s Gip's fingers are still able to pick up a guitar and play music for his friends. This malady, this new struggle, is one many of you might relate to..."how in the world can those fingers cram a lifetime's worth of living into a space no more than 140 words."
As trivial as it might sound, it's the same problem so much of the world is struggling to understand today, social media.
What's your reach? Is your message getting out? Yes, that sort of thing. Where do paragraphs end, is it 4 or for, you or u? #badgrammar
The social structure at Gip's, which can best be described as a "family of friends," recently went through some changes. If we were talking about a business we would say "under new management." But in the "family of friends," that doesn't really fit. #Confusing #it'safamilything
Suffice it to say there was recently a slight change in the family dynamics. There have been many questions put forth about this change. A number of stories were told.
Let me put it to you this way. Go to Gip's yourself, as his is an open and accepting family, sit down and ask any questions you might need answered.
Recent changes would not affect the safety or fun at Gip's one way or the other. The shows will still be the same. The bands and spirit will still be the same.
So what has changed that you, the reader, should know?
Its very simple: Gip's has a new page, a new Twitter account and a new friend helping him with social media. The importance of this should not be overlooked. Gip needs your help. In order to return the "reach" of Gip's information back to its former numbers, all of those who love and follow Gip need to help spread the word about his new information outlets.
Friends and family who have come to know and love Gip and Gip's Place will need to know where to get updates and show information. So take a minute for an old blues man to share. Tell your friends, tag Gip, forward and suggest friends.
All the irritating little social media musts that need to be done, please do.
Here's the list:
(If you're having trouble with the links, copy and paste into your browser. i don't understand why there would be a problem. they are all correct and functional.)
Gip on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/henrygip.gipson
Gip's new Fan Page- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gips-Place/484981204942414
Gip on twitter- @HenryGipGipson