There’s no doubt anymore that bluegrass is much more than just a strictly southern genre of music…
Standing on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Nippertown’s own premier bluegrass band, the Gibson Brothers took home the prestigious “Entertainer of the Year” award at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Thursday night (September 27).
Brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson (on banjo and guitar respectively), along with their band (Mike Barber, Clayton Campbell and Joe Walsh) also picked up the award for “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” for “Singing As We Rise,” a song they recorded with the great bluegrass mandolinist-vocalist Ricky Skaggs. The song – which appears on the Gibsons’ album, “Help My Brother” on Compass Records – had also earned a nomination in the Recorded Event of the Year category.
Of course, accolades from IBMA are nothing new for the Gibson Brothers. 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.”
But this is the first time that the Gibsons were honored with the awards show’s top prize as “Entertainers of the Year.” The band had earned their first nomination as “Entertainers of the Year” in 2011, but they lost to Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Band.
The Gibson Brothers will be bringing their trophies and their North Country bluegrass sound back up north this weekend, headlining the inaugural Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival on Saturday (September 29).
Congrats to Leigh and Eric Gibson and the rest of the band!