the farmer's wife

Reeves Gabrels


Reeves Gabrels composed the original music for David Sutherland's film, "The Farmers Wife."


Gabrels is a songwriter and lead guitar player/producer, who is best known for his work with David Bowie. His aggressive guitar style combines the visceral energy of rock, the sophistication of jazz, the emotional honesty of blues and country, with an ear for the unusual.

Gabrels, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., attended Berklee College of Music in the early 80's and then remained in Boston to play with several local bands (including The Dark and Rubber Rodeo). In 1988, after moving to London, he began working with David Bowie on an experimental project that later evolved into Tin Machine. While living in London he also recorded with the Mission, Deaf School and Sandie Shaw.

Tin Machine released three albums. In between records and tours, Gabrels composed soundtracks for PBS and David Lynch-Mark Frost productions, as well as performing with three Boston bands, the Bentmen, The Atom Said, and Modern Farmer -- whose original compositions have been featured on two guitar hero record compilations.

In 1993, Gabrels lent his playing and songwriting skills to David Bowie's solo record, "Black Tie, White Noise."

In 1995, Gabrels composed the soundtracks for the premiere episode of the PBS series, "Discovering Women," Jeffrey Gaines' "Somewhat Slightly Dazes," and Dave Tronzo's "Night in Amnesia" an avant-roots electric acoustic collaboration. Gabrels' guitar playing and song writing is also featured on David Bowie's Outside and Earthling albums.

After the release of Gabrels' solo record, "The Sacred Squall of Now," and the release of David Bowie's Outside, Gabrels embarked on a worldwide tour with Bowie. On any given night, Gabrels could be found playing with his own band (as an opening act), Nine Inch Nails (In America), as well as his main gig with David Bowie. At the end of the tour in August 1996, Gabrels and Bowie immediately entered the studio to begin work on what became the Earthling album (Earthling co-produced by and largely co-written by Gabrels was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1998). At the completion of the recording, Reeves went into the studio with the band Sister Machine Gun. Gabrels' take on post-industrial/techno/rock playing, peppers this album that was released on TVT in the summer of 1997. The release of Earthling in February, 1997, was followed by another world tour ending in December of the same year.

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