Bona Fide

Bona Fide

by The Gibson BrothersThe Gibson Brothers


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After an ill-fated stab at mainstream country, the Gibson Brothers' return to the bluegrass fold on Bona Fide -- an all-acoustic outing spotlighting Eric Gibson's banjo and Marc MacGlashan's mandolin -- could not have been more eloquent. Tender sentiments, lilting melodies, and a gentle, bracing rhythmic drive permeate both the original songs by Eric and Leigh Gibson and a choice batch of covers, ranging from the traditional breakup lament "Beautiful Brown Eyes" to Tom T. Hall's sepia-toned slice of old Americana, "Don't Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe" (with a cameo by Tom T. himself). The brothers, who write both separately and together, evince an eye for the telling detail. This is manifest in the sharp distinctions of the brisk "Ragged Man," which heralds the burgeoning class warfare between brothers whose lives are headed for different strata; this track also features one of four memorable guest shots by the Del McCoury Band's estimable fiddler Jason Carter. Equally notable is the somber "Railroad Line," a poignant depiction of a community and a way of life rent asunder by the decline of the steel rail, with the mournful strains of Jeff Taylor's lonely accordion solos magnifying the enduring sorrow left behind. The brothers harmonize beautifully on the marchlike strains of "Arleigh," a fond reminiscence of their granddad's tireless work ethic, while Eric shows off some heartfelt crooning in "Vern's Guitar," a quiet, folk-styled tale of a widow's prized heirloom. Sister Erin Gibson lends her pure, keening voice, so reminiscent of Iris DeMent's, to the lead vocal and group harmony of the stately inspirational album closer, "The Lighthouse," a perfect sign-off to an album as soulful as it is masterfully executed.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891396521
catalogNumber: 3965
Rank: 211753


  1. The Open Raod
  2. Arleigh
  3. Ragged Man
  4. Railroad Line
  5. The Bluegrass Music
  6. Vern's Guitar
  7. Where Nobody Knows My Name
  8. Shucking The Corn
  9. Don't Forget The Coffee, Billy Joe
  10. Whisper In My Ear
  11. Norma
  12. Beautiful Brown Eyes
  13. The Lighthouse

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gibson Brothers   Primary Artist
Tom T. Hall   Guest Appearance
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Eric Gibson   Banjo,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Leigh Gibson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Marc MacGlashan   Mandolin
Mike Barber   Guitar,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Mike Barber   Composer
Buck Graves   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eric Gibson   Composer,Producer
Leigh Gibson   Composer,Producer

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