An avid blues fan and part-time musician, in 1952 Gipson began hosting barbecues in his back yard for musicians to entertain friends and neighbors. The weekend events grew in popularity and he gradually added a small enclosure with a stage. Lenny Madden built the garage that later housed Gip's Place. Gipson and Jeff Dunaway kept up with maintenance and repairs on the juke joint.
Gip's Place became, over the years, a must-stop venue for blues musicians across the Southeast. They cited the "authentic Delta" feel of the little shack that could hold 50 people shoulder-to-shoulder. On summer nights the side-tarps were removed to allow more people to hear the music while gathered in Gipson's back yard.
Gipson worked with manager Diane Guyton to keep the venue running. After he was hospitalized in June 2019 she continued to operate Gip's Place, but a dispute arose between her and Gipson's family. Guyton announced that the Alabama Department of Human Resources had issued a protective order preventing Gipson from appearing at the venue, and that a final concert would be held on August 10. Gipson's son Keith Gipson followed up with a social media post saying that Gip's Place would continue operating, but under different management.
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- Carlton, Bob (April 25, 2010) "For blues lovers, Gip's Place in Bessemer is the place to be on Saturday nights." The Birmingham News
- Tomberlin, Michael (July 16, 2011) "Fire at Gip's Place won't silence hot licks, cool music." The Birmingham News
- Stein, Kelsey (May 5, 2013) "Bessemer police shut down backyard blues joint Gip's Place." The Birmingham News
- Waites, Lee (May 5, 2013) "Bessemer Police Raid Gip's Place: Shut it Down!" Birmingham Free Press
- Stuart, Shauna (August 13, 2019) "'We're getting this place back in order:' Next chapter at Gip's will sing the juke joint's gospel." The Birmingham News