---- — BRAINARDSVILLE — The Gibson Brothers racked up a quartet of 2012 award nominations — Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year — from the International Bluegrass Musical Association.
“We don’t have new album this year, but we toured heavily,” said Eric Gibson, who performs with his brother, Leigh, and bandmates Mike Barber, Clayton Campbell and Joe Walsh.
“We’ve toured like we never toured before. That’s why we’re receiving the nominations this year,” he said, fresh from the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania.
“There wasn’t another new record to be the catalyst. This year, I didn’t know we would see any new nominations. The catalyst is the heavy touring we did. We got in front of a lot of people.”
The Gibsons’ CD “Help My Brother” won the 2011 Bluegrass Association’s Album of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year awards.
SONG WITH SKAGGS
This year’s Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year nominations are a result of “Singing As We Rise,” a song the Gibsons did with Ricky Skaggs (mandolin and vocals) on “Help My Brother.”
“The album isn’t eligible (this year), but that song was because it was still on the Bluegrass Chart a year later,” Eric said. “It did really well, and it kind of snuck in there during the eligibility period.”
Eric hadn’t spoken to Skaggs about the nominations yet, but he got a text from him last week.
“He’s like a musical big brother to us,” he said. “We always admired his work. We wrote the song, and we could hear Ricky’s voice. We said what the heck — we called him up and asked him if he would do it and he said yes. We were happy about that.”
‘SOME HEAVY STUFF’
Eric is most excited about a second nomination for Entertainer of the Year. Competition in that category includes Dailey & Vincent; Alison Krauss & Union Station; Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers; and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out.
“Growing up, I never dreamed … we’re up against Steve Martin, Alison Krauss, among others,” Eric said. “That Entertainer of the Year, that’s some heavy stuff. The Vocal Group of the Year, we’re the only duo to win. It’s always trios and quartets that take that award. We were happy to receive that award last year, and it’s an honor to be nominated this year, win or lose.
“To be in the final five in any category is an honor. It tells you you’re doing something right.”
The awards will be announced Sept. 27 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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