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August 19, 2011

Gibson Brothers nab 7 IBMA nominations

— Nominations include Male Vocalist of the Year; Song, Album of the Year

BRAINARDSVILLE — The title track of the Gibson Brothers latest album isn't just a song.

"Help My Brother" is how Leigh and Eric Gibson look at their partnership, voices mingling in harmony, guitar and banjo driving the beat ...

Nominated Male Vocalist of the Year for 2011 by the International Bluegrass Music Association on Wednesday night, Leigh was quick to say that couldn't have happened without Eric's voice complementing his all these years — and vice versa.

Making that plainer still, he said, "I think a vote for Leigh Gibson is a vote for the Gibson Brothers" band.

'IT'S THRILLING'

The home-grown bluegrass group — also with Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Joe Walsh on mandolin — nabbed seven nominations from the prestigious organization.

They are also up for Song of the Year for "Help My Brother," by Leigh, and "Walkin' West to Memphis," written by Chris Henry; Album of the Year for "Help My Brother," produced by the Gibsons and Barber.

"He has such great ears, and we rely on him so heavy," Eric said of the bass player.

The song "He Can Be Found" has been nominated out for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year; and the band is in the running for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.

"I thought we might have a chance getting some nominations, given that we got four last year and two awards," Eric said Wednesday from his home in Brainardsville. "But I wasn't expecting this much.

"It's thrilling."

So is having two songs nominated from the same album.

"You can be the best singers and hottest pickers in the world, but if you don't have the songs, I don't think you're going to connect with the audience."

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