Award-Winning Bluegrass: The Gibson Brothers
A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as "..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name." But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way: "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and, instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste. "
In a 2012 Washington Post interview, Del McCoury said, "...when I hear someone like The Gibson Brothers, I know it's them from the first note. They have that little thing in their voices that no one else has..." And fromBluegrass Unlimited: "The brothers and the band have it all -- lead vocals, brother-duet harmony, instrumental virtuosity, ensemble sensibilities and great original material." That's the buzz. Here are the facts: 2013 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year ("They Called It Music") and Songwriter of the Year (Eric Gibson). 2012 IBMA Entertainers of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance for "Singing As We Rise;" 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year forHelp My Brother, also named 2011 Album of the year by PopMatters; and, 2010 IBMA Awards for Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for "Ring the Bell."
• The Gibson Brothers, “Brotherhood” (New Rounder). Siblings Eric and Leigh Gibson are at the top of the bluegrass pile, having won the field’s top “IBMA Entertainers of the Year” award both in 2012 and 2013. They arrived on the scene over 20 years ago ready to expand on the bluegrass songbook, not just with their own long-lauded contemporary songwriting, but with innovative takes on material more associated with hard country (Buck Owens, Jimmie Davis), Americana (Buddy Miller, Steve Earle) and rock (Tom Petty). In this new collection, they salute the harmonizing brother acts who inspired them vocally—and as might be expected, the songs come not only from the classic bluegrass Stanleys, Monroes and Osbornes but reach out to country’s Louvin Brothers and Blue Sky Boys, and to the rocking Everly Brothers. The Gibsons hold their own with them all. Barry Mazor, The Wall Street Journal