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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 — "You'd wind up listening to that one over and over," he said, and so hoped every song would get toes tapping.

A good album is one whose songs don't just stand alone, he said, "but carry well into one another."

"Help My Brother" just happened to include a collection of tunes that turned out to "be about the simple things in life, the important things in life," Eric said.

EMOTIONAL RECORDING

"He Can Be Found," nominated for Gospel Recorded Performance, is an old Louvin Brothers song that Eric and Leigh happened to listen to on Eric's iPod as they were traveling one day. They began singing along, liked the sound.

When they recorded it, Eric said, bass player and co-producer Mike Barber had to leave the room, choked up with emotion.

"He's not a mushy kind of guy," Eric said.

The song fit the album because it had been recorded by another bluegrass-brother duo; it also became a tribute to an iconic performer.

"Charlie Louvin died after we recorded it," he said. "I'm so glad we did it."

PRETTY GOOD JUDGE

Leigh wrote "Help My Brother" after reflecting on the selflessness of a preacher friend; he hadn't thought it good enough to perform, though.

Eric happened to see it scribbled on a sheet of paper in Leigh's guitar case, backstage at a concert in Chazy.

"He ripped it out of my hand," Eric said, laughing.

But then Leigh sang it for him, "and I loved it," his brother said. "A year-and-a-half later, and it's up for Song of the Year."

Yet again another "Help My Brother" kind of thing.

"I didn't write it, but I'm a pretty good judge," Eric said.

Email Suzanne Moore at: smoore@pressrepublican.com

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