Friday, September 28, 2012

Gibson Brothers Win IBMA 2012 Entertainer of the Year

The Gibson Brothers were named Entertainer of the Year last night at the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The win was the culmination of twenty years of hard touring, dedicated song writing, and a fine musicianship. Here's a few pictures of their triumphant day, beginning with an on-air performance at WAMU Bluegrass Country, Washington D.C.'s and the world's FM bluegrass station. 

Eric Gibson

Leigh Gibson

Mike Barber

Clayton Cambell

 Joe Walsh

The Gibson Brothers

Radio Host Katy Daley

At the awards show, The Gibson Brothers took home two awards: Gospel Recorded Performance for their recording of Joe Newberry's "Singing as We Rise" with Ricky Skaggs and Entertainer of the Year. This particular award is the most coveted award offered by IBMA.  The Gibson's work is distinguished by the personalities of two men who tell their stories and sing their songs from somewhere deep within, without pretense or elaboration beyond the song itself. Their win may herald a return to simpler days while, at the same time, reflecting the singer/songwriter tradition of which they are a part. The Gibson Brothers have chosen to eschew putting out an annual recording in favor of waiting a little longer and assuring that every piece of each CD is filled with the best original work they can wrote or choose to cover.

The Awards Show
The Gibson Brothers sing "They Call It Music"

Eric Gibson

Joe Newberry & Leigh Gibson


Leigh, Kitsy Kuykendall & Eric

Remembering Their Late Father 
"Singing as We Rise" 

A well deserved and much appreciated award!