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April 4, 2013

Harmonies drive new Gibson Brothers album

PLATTSBURGH — More than a decade ago, the Gibson Brothers recorded but didn’t release a song called “I Will Always Cross Your Mind.”

It might have been the song itself crooning that message to Leigh and Eric Gibson, for it stayed in memory.

“I got singing it again,” Leigh said in a phone interview this week from somewhere on the road in Ohio.

And so the ballad, written by North Country musician Roy Hurd and Elizabeth Hill, appears on the Gibson’s newly released album, “They Called it Music.”

Already, the CD is drawing rave reviews. Engine 145 calls it “a serious contender for Album of the Year.” 

Bluegrass Today praises it as “better than anything the upstate New Yorkers have delivered so far, and that’s saying something.”

The reviewer describes “exquisite harmonies,” and that’s exactly what Ellenburg natives Eric and Leigh were aiming for.

“We really wanted to highlight what we’ve been told we do well,” Eric said. 

That’s why the album kicks off with “Buy a Ring, Find a Preacher,” the tale of a rambler who promises his girl he’s ready to settle down — or maybe not quite yet.

“It’s harmony all the way through.”

‘SIMPLE STATEMENT’

The title track, “They Called it Music,” is the tune getting the most play so far, Leigh said. 

The nudge Eric got to write that one came from singer/songwriter Joe Newberry, who had told him about visiting with an old-timer who’d been playing the banjo.

He had asked the man what they’d call that style of play years ago.

“Son, they called it music,” came the reply.

When Eric played the tune for the rest of the band a few years ago, Leigh found himself reacting to it the same way he had when he first heard “Ring the Bell,” the song that won the Gibsons Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association awards.  

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