Monday, November 17, 2014

The Gibson Brothers at SUNY- Plattsurgh

The Gibson Brothers Band

The Gibson Brothers appeared on Sunday afternoon in the E. Glenn Glitz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall on the campus of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in a concert to benefit Bluegrass for the Next Generation, This program offers an "Introduction to Bluegrass" course in the Music Department, opportunities to jam, produce radio shows on the campus radio station, take lessons on bluegrass instruments, and  borrow CD's from the campus library, which has an extensive collection of bluegrass music. Four scholarships in the names of Kelley and Shannon Gibson, the Gibson Brothers' parents, have been developed. The scholarships require demonstrated interest in bluegrass music. Follow the links above for further information. The concert was attended by a good crowd of highly enthusiastic supporters of the Gibson Brothers, who are always at their best before their hometown crowd. Another opportunity to see the Gibson Brothers at home will be at Northern Adirondack Central School in Ellenburg Depot, NY on December 10, featuring the brothers, their family and friends presented by Ellenburg Senior Housing. Tickets for this Special Event can be purchased through Dick's Country Store & Music Oasis in Cherebusco.

Backstage in the Green Room
Shannon Gibson

Eric Gibso, Erin Gibson LaClair, Leigh Gibson

Eric & Corinna Gibson

Emcee Julie Hogan

The Gibson Brothers - The Sweetest Dream - Video

The Gibson Brothers have moved to Rounder Records, and their newest CD will be released on February 24, 2015, but they have begun singing a few of the songs at concerts and festivals. The Sweetest Dream, by the Blue Sky Boys (above) will be on the new release.  Titled "Brotherhood," the CD will include brother duets by the Everlys, the Louvins, The Monroes, The Stanleys, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Webster, Brewsters, Churches, Blue Sky Boys, Osbornes, and Glasers. This release is a change of pace concept album by the Gibson Brothers featuring bluegrass and pre-bluegrass material by other brother duos. Through the years, the Gibson Brothers have resisted the pressure to release a new recording every year, concentrating instead on assuring the highest quality material for each CD. This new release will, no doubt, exhibit the same thoughtful demands and loving attention to detail.

Eric & Leigh Gibson

Mike Barber

Clayton Campbell

Jesse Brock

The addition of Jesse Brock to The Gibson Brothers Band is proving to be a fine choice. Brock has long been recognized as one of the best mandolin players around, having won the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award in 2009, providing one of the two breaks (Sam Bush) in Adam Steffey's domination of this Award in the 21st century. He's also shown himself to be a fine baritone singer, increasingly contributing depth to the vocal colors available to the band and, again, demonstrating the Gibson Brothers' willingness to experiment in the name of improvement. Here's a sample:

The Gibson Brothers - Road to Columbus - Video

Sound for this concert was provided by Ryan Ghent, who once ran sound for Levon Helm. The warm room and Ryan's great sound helped in making the videos I recorded at this show reach new heights of quality.

Clayton Campbell

Mike Barber & Jesse Brock

Eric Gibson

Leigh Gibson

The Gibson Brothers - If I Could See You One More Time - Video

Corinna & Shannon Gibson

At the Merch Table