In the world of brother harmonies, the Gibson Brothers have set the Gold Standard. Brother harmonies have always been a mainstay of their performances and recordings, gained from their early listening to artists such as the Everly Brothers, Jim & Jesse, the Lilly Brothers, and Blue Sky Boys. Since their debut in 1994, the Gibson’s have earned multiple IBMA awards and six SPBGMA awards, including IBMA’s Entertainer Of The Year and SPBGMA’s Vocal Group Of The Year.
While the brothers have also been known for their songwriting, this is the first release where both Eric and Leigh contribute all of the songs, either solely, together, or with a co-writer. Joining Eric on banjo and Leigh on guitar are Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle, Jesse Brock on mandolin, and Rob Ickes on resonator guitar. Growing up in a rural environment, their songs reflect their childhood, their father’s farm, and their religion. Eric’s songs include “Highway,” “Making Good Time,” and “Fool’s Hill.” Leigh contributes “Homemade Wine,” “I Can’t Breath Deep Yet,” “Friend Of Mine,” the title “In The Ground,” and “Look Who’s Crying.” Together they penned “Remember Who,” “Little Girl,” and the gospel “I Found A Church Today.” Shawn Camp co-wrote “My Quiet Mind” with Leigh, and Kelly Gibson lent a hand in writing “Everywhere I Go.” The song stylings are bluegrass, yes, but elements of rockabilly, gospel, and country are also prevalent in the sound.
With this release, the Gibson Brothers have proven once again why they are one of bluegrass music’s favorite artists and entertainers. (Rounder Records Corp., 100 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, www.rounder.com.)BF