The Gibson Brothers – Nippertown’s own bluegrass kingpins – have been busy racking up yet another big batch of very prestigious award nominations.
Led by brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson (on banjo and guitar, respectively), the band has earned four nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including a nod in the top category, Entertainers of the Year.
The Gibson Brothers also scored a nomination as Vocal Group of the Year, as well as two nods for “Singing As We Rise,” a song that they recorded with the great bluegrass mandolinist-vocalist Ricky Skaggs. The song – which appears on the Gibsons’ album, “Help My Brother” on Compass Records – earned nominations as Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year.
Of course, accolades from IBMA are nothing new for the Gibson Brothers, whose members also include bassist Mike Barber, fiddler Clayton Campbell and mandolinist Joe Walsh. Last year they snagged seven nominations and walked away with two of the top honors – Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year. In 2010, they also carted off a pair of trophies from the ceremonies – for Song of the Year and Best Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.
The awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the results of this year’s balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27.
Go here for a complete list of the IBMA nominations for 2012.