On September 27th, the Gibson Brothers were named Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It was a great night for the former farm boys from upstate New York, as they also received the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year award for "Singing As We Rise" -- a song they'd recorded with Ricky Skaggs, and found on their 2011 Compass Records release, "Help My Brother." The Gibsons have worked hard for 20+ years to attain this recognition from the Bluegrass industry, and it really shows in their performances and recordings.
Over the last several years, banjo picking older brother, Eric Gibson, has been an occasional guest on the "Bluegrass Cafe," and we'll be happy to welcome him back to the air with us once more via telephone at WHUS this Sunday, October 7th. The plan is to get Eric on the phone around 5PM -- join us, won't you? I don't think we'll be short on topics to talk about during our conversation.
If you absolutely can't wait 'til Sunday to hear Eric talk about the Gibsons' great day in Nashville, check out blogger Ted Lehmann's post from last week (from which we borrowed his photo taken when the Gibsons performed during the Awards Show -- thanks, Ted!). Here's a link to Ted's post: http://www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2012/09/gibson-brothers-win-ibma-2012.html
Tune into the "Bluegrass Cafe" this Sunday from 4-7PM for lots of newer tunes, some classic ones, a few thoughts about IBMA, and, of course, a visit with one of the Entertainers of the Year!
See you then -