Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gibson Brothers in Lenoir, NC - April 5
The Gibson Brothers - They Called It Music - Video
Supported by a band which features superb musicians at every position, the Gibson Brothers make demands on their audience for careful listening and their sidemen for creative musicianship. Joe Walsh, a creative contributor on the mandolin seems to throw in just the right phrase or lick that makes the audience sit up and ask "Where did that come from?" while never breaking the flow of a song. Clayton Campbell at fiddle, whether he's soloing or providing backup never plays a note that doesn't fit. His soaring tones often raise him to his tip toes as he reaches for higher plateaus. Mike Barber, on bass, has been with the band since its inception, and is often referred to as the third Gibson Brothers. He's strength is sometimes underestimated as he's not flashy with the bass, but Eric and Leigh have made him co-producer of several of the albums, testifying to his deep importance to the band. Eric Gibson says that the band members are so good "they don't have to show all they know" on the record to make it come out right.
Eric and Leigh Gibson, born within eleven months of each other, are part of the rich musical tradition of New England and upstate New York reaching back into the early days of bluegrass in the late forties and early fifties. People often ask us, "Do they have bluegrass up there?" Dan Tyminski, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Pete Wernick and David Peterson come immediately to mind as homegrown bluegrass musicians, but there's been cross pollination between New York and New England and the rest of the country since the earliest days. There's no irony in the Gibson Brothers taking bluegrass music to North Carolina.
The J. E. Civic Broyhill Center
How to Get to the Broyhill Center