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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

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BRAINARDSVILLE —

In 2010, the Gibson Brothers showed up in Nashville with four nominations: Album of the Year ("Ring the Bell"), Song of the Year (title track "Ring the Bell"), Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

They traveled home riding on air with two wins, Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

Their album "Ring the Bell" was their fifth in a row to reach No. 1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey; the title track hit the top spot, too, as did "Farm of Yesterday."

"We've been at this for a long time," Eric said. "We're just thankful for the people that supported us through the years."

This year, "Help My Brother," both album and song, rode the No. 1 spot for months.

The airplay and award nominations come from performing all over the country.

They'll go to Nashville for the awards event set for Sept. 29.

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Also nominated this year for Vocalist of the Year are Jamie Dailey, Russell Moore, Dan Tyminski and Josh Williams.

"It's a great honor," Leigh said, to be among them. "I was actually very surprised."

"He's in a really tough category," his brother said, "but Leigh holds his own.

"He's just a great singer."

Leigh had something to say about that.

Eric, he said, "is every bit as good a singer as I am."

Leigh is most pleased about the Album of the Year nomination.

"It's always the one I want to be nominated for and really want to win," he said. "We're old-school, and we still hold fast to the idea that albums mean something."

He recalled growing up in Ellenburg, when he'd save up enough to buy one record album only now and then.

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