IBMA 2012 Entertainer of the Year The Gibson Brothers are widely recognized as the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today. And, they hail from the Adirondack Region of upstate New York. To learn more about The Gibson Brothers and to hear music and see some videos, visit gibsonbrothers.com.
Help My Brother is their tenth release and arguably the finest in the duo’s career. The album features twelve tracks, most of which are originals, and all of which feature the ensemble’s tight arrangements as well as the contributions of band members Clayton Campbell (fiddle), Joe Walsh (mandolin) and Mike Barber (upright bass). Several guests make cameo appearances on the album as well, including Ricky Skaggs (mandolin and vocals), Alison Brown (banjo), Mike Witcher (Dobro) and reigning IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch.
The album’s overarching theme is the important things in life, a message which harkens back to the childhood Leigh and Eric shared growing up on the family farm in upstate New York. Each of the songs on the album enforces this uplifting motif. The title track “Help My Brother” was written by Leigh Gibson and explores the golden rule in a new light. “Walking West to Memphis” recounts the story of a roustabout who, down on his luck, realizes that the happiness he seeks will be found in the arms of his Memphis girl. The Brothers also pay tribute to classic brother duos on a pair of covers: “He Can Be Found in a Mother’s Smile” (The Louvin Brothers) and “I’ll Love Nobody But You” (Jim and Jesse McReynolds). With its uplifting message and tight brother harmonies, Help My Brother will further establish The Gibson Brothers as one of the most important bands in bluegrass music today.
Reviews for the Gibson Brothers:
“Eric and Leigh Gibson’s sweet harmonies fall somewhere between those of Phil and Don Everly, and Charlie and Ira Louvin…There is little question about the role of the heart in the making of modern bluegrass music and there is no doubt that the Gibsons apply lots of it to the music they so clearly love to make.”
Eric Thom, Exclaim!
“Very much the real deal.”
Daniel Durchholz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The Gibson Brothers recall a lot of the true, real feelings of country’s roots. What truly stands out about their music is that, although they’re solidly based in traditional styles, they’re also songwriters working with a contemporary lexicon of language and issues. If you think country music is about rhinestones and wretched excess, these guys’ll change your mind. This is good music: intense, soulful, technically exciting — it’s damn near perfect. Get out and see these guys.”
Chuck Thurman, Coast Weekly