“Gabe plays the blues with strength, personality, and a depth of both feeling and musicianship.” —Nighthawks’ founder and frontman Mark Wenner
“Gabe Stillman has got the chops and the intensity the blues should have. Keep your eye on him!” —Toronzo Cannon
The Gabe Stillman Band is a three-piece machine that runs at full tilt for every performance. While their sound is unmistakably rooted in the blues, the band draws from the deep well of all American roots music.
In January 2019, Gabe and his band returned from the 35th International Blues Challenge, IBC, in Memphis TN, after landing in the final eight out of 101 starting entries. Additionally Gabe’s command of the guitar earned him serious notice with the slate of judges and earned him top honors, winning the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award. Stillman says, “Winning the Gibson award is an incredible honor, especially at this early stage of my career. It’s an electrifying feeling to have the encouragement from the Blues Foundation that I’m on the right path as a musician.”
Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Gabe formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The Gabe Stillman Band has become a mainstay of the regional blues circuit with standout performances at venues large and small. In addition to sharing stages with blues royalty The Nighthawks and Chicago powerhouse Toronzo Cannon, they’ve won over crowds at the Briggs Farm Blues Fest, the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, the Destination Blues Festival and, to Stillman’s great satisfaction, the annual Billtown Blues Festival. Toronzo Cannon says, “Gabe Stillman has the intensity and the chops the blues should have, keep your eye on him!”
In the Summer of 2018 the band performed at the Spyglass Ridge Winery as a supporting act for legendary blues and rock'n'roll band, George Thorogood & The Destroyers. Throughout the past year the band has toured extensively in PA, OH, MO, TN, TX and FL playing for great audiences at some of the most well-respected blues venues and festivals in the country. Plans are underway for a tour landing him in Chicago and continuing through upstate NY. Gabe is aggressively pursuing his next recording project.