August 18, 2013

Eight is enough

PLATTSBURGH — Eric Gibson is philosophical: Whatever happens, happens at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards.

But the Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh and band members — Mike Barber, Clayton Campbell and Jesse Brock — have eight chances, the most of any band, to score a win or more on Sept. 26.

The ensemble is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group, Album of the Year (“They Called It Music”), Song of the Year (title track) and Gospel Recorded Event (“Home on the River”).

Eric racked up two nominations as co-songwriter with Joe Newberry for Song of the Year and another nomination in the Bluegrass Songwriter category. 

Brock has a second shot at Mandolin Player of the Year.


At last year’s ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the Gibson Brothers won awards for Entertainer of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Singing As We Rise”).

“It doesn’t mean we are going to win any of them,” Eric said. “We thought we had a really strong collection of songs. 

“We typically take longer than some bands to put out a record — we don’t put out an album every year. It takes some time to gather what we think is strong material. 

“We thought we had it. We were also trying to be very focused about our selection of that material. We were really trying to find songs that really fit our brother-duet harmony.”


At the time, they dubbed it a harmony-drenched album.

“We really wanted to put our stamp on harmony,” Eric said. “I think we’ve done that in the past, but it seemed like every song we looked at, we thought about harmony first.  

“I wrote or co-wrote six of the songs, half of the album. My co-writes were mostly with my brother.”

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