LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will welcome The Gibson Brothers at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13.
2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, The Gibson Brothers-Eric and Leigh-are widely recognized as the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 day of show. Purchase your seats today by calling 518-523-2512.
The Gibson Brothers
Winner of the esteemed 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award, "Help My Brother" is their 10th release and arguably the finest in the duo's career. The album also garnered the brothers the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Award and follows the success of "Ring the Bell," the title cut of which took Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the 2010 IBMA awards at the Ryman Auditorium-the real Grand Ole Opry. That album was also the fifth consecutive Gibson Brothers album to hit the No. 1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited radio airplay chart.
The album features 12 tracks, most of which are originals, and all 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 former 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).