Gibson Brothers switch from Sugar Hill to Compass
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
– The Gibson Brothers - Eric and Leigh Gibson - announced Tuesday they were switching labels, going from Sugar Hill to Compass Records. A yet-to-be-titled album is due for release this spring.
The band released "Iron and Diamonds" last year. The new CD was produced by the two brothers plus bassist Mike Barber and features six originals (including a co-write with Bob DiPiero) and new songs by Shawn Camp/Paul Kennerly, Chet O'Keefe, Joe Newberry and Marshall Warwick, and a Tom Petty song, Angel Dream.
Recorded at the Compass Sound Studio, the players on the upcoming album include The Gibson Brothers' road band: Barber (bass), Clayton Campbell (fiddle) and Joe Walsh (mandolin), and guest resonator guitarist Mike Witcher (Missy Raines & The New Hip). "I was proud to look at ol' Waylon on the wall, knowing that he did his songs his own way with his own band in the very space we were recording," said Eric Gibson.
Staying true to their upstate New York farm boy roots, The Gibson Brothers recorded two agricultural-themed songs for this record, one written by Leigh (Bottomland) and one by Eric (Farm Of Yesterday). Bottomland, originally recorded for an unreleased Skaggs record, is given an old time treatment here and touches on the lives of sharecroppers. Farm Of Yesterday was written as a tribute to their parents and the family dairy farm that belonged to the Gibson family from 1865-2000. Eric showed the song to Leigh who was moved but said, "it might be too personal to put on the record." Eric replied, "Laying it out there could be the difference between a good record and a great record."
The Gibson Brothers have upcoming appearances at the Argyle Bluegrass Festival, the Old Settler's Music Festival, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival.
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