Iron and Diamonds

Iron and Diamonds

by The Gibson BrothersThe Gibson Brothers


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Who knew that Tom Petty could write a bluegrass come-on song? Eric and Leigh Gibson, that's who. The ever-more-impressive brother duo open their fourth album with a feisty treatment of Petty's "Cabin Down Below," their sibling harmonies at once keening and suggestive, with Clayton Campbell's jagged fiddle soloing and Rick Hayes's tart mandolin lines setting the proper ambiance for the brothers' engaging shot at friendly persuasion. But the Gibsons are making a habit of finding first-rate material to cover: here they capture what they call the "honky tonkin' grass" of Steve Earle's "The Other Side of Town" in a swell of rich harmony singing and Campbell's evocative twin fiddling, step it up and go on Julie Miller's "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go," find the eternal wound on the heartbreaking "A World So Full of Love," and wind up on sacred ground in a soaring, high-lonesome treatment of Bill Carlisle's "Gone Home," all cascading voices and fiddle work. And yet their own original songs, eight on this album, stand toe-to-toe with the covers. The title track is a dark, winsome reminiscence from their childhood, detailing the abiding toil of miners' lives and the Sunday afternoon release of community baseball games (hence the "Diamonds" in the title). A piercing chronicle of post-breakup blues, the loping tear-jerker "Lonely Me, Lonely You" features Eric's lovely, lower-strings acoustic guitar solo and Mike Barber's upright bass supplying a mournful pulse for the close, crying vocal harmonies. "Picker's Blues" laments the looming disasters in the musician's life, but the dozen diamonds here suggest that, for the Gibson Brothers, it's all worthwhile.

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Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891403922
catalogNumber: 4039
Rank: 118084

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