August 18, 2013

Eight is enough



They also covered a Mark Knopfler song, “Daddy’s Gone to Knoxville” and one of Roy Hurd’s, “I Will Always Cross Your Mind.”

“He was happy about that. I love Roy.”


Last December, the band recorded their 11th album, nonstop, at Compass Sound Studios. Ben Surratt was tapped as sound engineer again.

“We were exhausted,” Eric said. “We always are. We go down and blast through it. 

“A lot of bands will record a few songs and then get away from it and come back and record some more. We’ve never done it that way. 

“We always go in, and we lay it all out there. And, you’re so close to it after making a record — you think it’s good, but you’re not sure because you’re so tired, and you’ve heard the playback so many times. 

“But when we got a little bit away from it and started listening to the mixes, then we thought we had something pretty special.”

“They Called It Music” sales are steady.

“It’s done well. The first week out, it was No. 4 on the Billboard Chart for sales. It’s been No. 1 on several airplay charts. It’s gotten a lot of airplay.”

The Gibsons will perform at the awards show at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C.

In the interim, the band’s recent appearances included Champlain Days and “Ronnie Reno’s Old Time Music Festival” on RFD-TV.

“We’ve had a busy summer, a busy year,” Eric said. “Last year, we did 90 gigs, and we’re probably doing 80 this year, between 80 and 90. 

“As a band, we headlined at the Ryman on the Fourth of July. That was a highlight this year.”

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