It has been a good year, one of heavy touring for the bluegrass duo and the rest of the band: Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Joe Walsh on mandolin.
"I think the awards nominations are a direct result of the touring we've done the last couple of years," Eric said. "We've really hammered it."
In April, the Gibsons made the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, an accomplishment also fueled by "Ring the Bell," for it was the band's fifth consecutive album to hit No. 1.
"It's richly deserved but still an astonishing achievement for a band that keeps such an even-keeled — and humble — attitude toward the music business," writes Chris Stuart in the cover story.
In the spring, the Gibsons took their guitars, banjos, bass and mandolin to Oldenburg, Germany — their first show across the pond.
The audience didn't get into the music the way the Gibsons are accustomed to seeing folks do in the United States, so the band wasn't sure how well-received they were.
Until the show's end, that is.
"They're so quiet when you're playing, but when you get done, they seem to applaud forever," Eric said.
People traveled from around Germany and from as far away as the Netherlands for the performance, which was gratifying. Others, by sheer coincidence, were from Plattsburgh — students in Oldenburg as part of an exchange program with Plattsburgh High School.
"Who would have thought that would happen?" Eric said.
Last Wednesday, the band left for a second European experience, this time the 19th-annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
The Gibsons head for Nashville for the International Bluegrass Association Awards Sept. 30.
In 1998, they won the Bluegrass Association title of Emerging Artists.
"We've never had multiple nominations before," Eric noted. "Win or lose, it's a step forward for us."
And win or lose, they'll head out afterward to do some touring down South, then play a few shows in Arizona and California.
They're scheduled to perform at the Camp Jeanne d'Arc Festival in Merrill on Chateaugay Lake Oct. 2 and 3.
"Right about that time, the leaves are going to be beautiful," Eric said.
And then it's Nashville again, this time to work on a new album.
"We've got a lot of new songs we've written," Eric said. "And we might sprinkle in a few guests well-known in bluegrass circles."
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