by The Gibson BrothersThe Gibson Brothers


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More than two decades after they began recording, bluegrass innovators the Gibson Brothers issue their first all-covers album as their debut for Rounder. Eric and Leigh have long been inspired by sibling groups from country and bluegrass history, and they often play standard tunes from those canons, but their own composing -- which makes up the lion's share of their catalog -- reflects it, too. This date, years in the making -- it took Leigh that long to convince Eric to cut an entire album of tunes by other artists, and its original working title, Maudlin Parlor Songs, reflected the latter's view. It was worth the wait. These covers -- many iconic, some obscure -- offer proof of the Gibson's own contribution to the bluegrass lineage with glorious harmonies and subtle liberties that carve these songs deeper into the American grain. Two Everly Brothers numbers bookend the set and offer twin sides of each group's persona: the sprightly, wide-eyed opener "Bye Bye Love" and the wiser, deeper, sadder, honky tonk weeper "Crying in the Rain" that brings the 15-song set full circle. Along the way are killer stops at the Church Brothers' "Angel with Blue Eyes," the Monroe Brothers' "I Have Found a Way," the Osborne Brothers' "How Mountain Girls Can Love," and the Louvins' "Seven Year Blues." Two unusual inclusions here are Billy Ray Reynolds' "It'll Be Her," a pre-outlaw country hit for Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, and the gospel number "What a Wonderful Savior Is He." The latter mirrors the original by the Four Brothers Quartet -- actually two Knoxville sibling duos -- in that it features guest appearances from Rob and Ronnie McCoury to round it out. Almost all fans of bluegrass and post-'50s roots country will find something familiar or obscure that resonates on Brotherhood. This is the sound of lifelong effort, collaboration, and inspiration brought to grand fruition.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0888072359864
catalogNumber: 6135986
Rank: 183661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gibson Brothers   Primary Artist
Rob McCoury   Banjo,Vocals
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Vocals
Ronnie Reno   Vocals
Sam Zucchini   Drums
Jesse Brock   Mandolin,Vocals
Eric Gibson   Banjo,Vocals
Leigh Gibson   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Barber   Bass
Clayton Campbell   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Doc Watson   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Don Helms   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Billy Ray Reynolds   Composer
Leslie York   Composer
Ruth Talley   Composer
William Bolick   Composer
Ben Surratt   Engineer
Bill Church   Composer
Ruby Rakes   Composer
Eric Gibson   Producer
Leigh Gibson   Producer
James B. Coats   Composer
Albert Goree   Composer
Mike Barber   Producer
Willie G. Brewster   Composer
Terri Morris   Cover Design
Merle Taylor   Composer
Juli Thanki   Liner Notes
Drusilla Adams Smith   Composer

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