"Gip" is the story of Henry "Gip" Gipson who started "Gip's Place" - a ramshackle, thrown-together juke joint in his backyard in Bessemer, Alabama. At "somewhere between 80 and 100 years old", Gip has been playing the blues in his backyard since 1952 - and, as far as he or anyone else can recollect, he hasn't missed a Saturday night since.
Juke joints emerged out of the Jim Crow-era south as informal venues for the emerging blues players to hone their craft, giving way to what would become the foundation of American music. Over the past decade juke joints have disappeared as modern night clubs, casinos and time itself have rendered them relics of the past.
Today, there are only a small handful of these original juke joints left. In fact, some argue that there are only four; and on May 4th, 2013, Gip’s Place, the last one in Alabama, was raided and closed.
Gravedigger by Day. Party Animal by Night.