Saturday, October 17, 2009
The Gibson Brothers at The Kentucky Opry
In the western corner of Kentucky the Kentucky and Cumberland rivers flow closely together as they flow towards the Ohio River, which, only a few miles further along joins the mighty Mississippi on its course towards the Gulf of Mexico. This little corner of the world, where Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri come together is rich in history and river culture. In the early 1940's a dam was built on the Tennessee River to create Kentucky Lake as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the 1960's, in order to make the two rivers flow at the same level, another dam was built on the Cumberland creating Lake Barkley. The resulting impoundments created the largest internal peninsula in the United States, which was then cleared of indigenous populations and turned into a huge recreation area, recently taken over the by the Department of Agriculture as a National Recreation Area. At the northern end of this complex lie the small towns of Benton and Draffenville, centers of shopping and commerce for the vast fishing, second home, and camping area region created by the lakes. For the past twenty-one years, the Kentucky Opry has presented country and bluegrass shows in Draffenville. Clay Campbell, having seen the potential for country music venues while performing at Branson, thought the Kentucky Lakes region would be a perfect location for a music hall in the Branson tradition. He has created and maintened the Kentucky Opry since then. Last night The Gibson Brothers appeared there.
Sarah Lane & Clayton Campbell
The Emcee - Clay Campbell
The Band - The Gibson BrothersRing the Bell as well as songs from their large catalog of songs they own in ways other bands can only dream of. CD sales between sets and at the concert's end were brisk, and the audience called the band back for an encore after a long second set. Just can't beat it. I'll let the pictures tell the story.
Eric and Leigh Gibson
Eric and Jesse
Mike and Jesse
On-Stage Guest - Clay Campbell
Faces in the Crowd
Terri and Tony Williams (Josh's Parents)
Tammy and Tony Smee (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Irene and Terri - Bluegrass Groupies