The Brotherhood album was bound to happen. At the heart of the sound of the IBMA Award-winning Gibson Brothers are the sibling harmonies they’ve been perfecting since they were teenagers. There were previous thoughts of making a tribute album in the past, fueled by Leigh and Eric Gibson’s desire to honor the great brother acts in history. But, those notions never saw the light of day as the Gibson Brothers began to reach the top of the bluegrass world. Still, the idea continued to reverberate within, and the end result is the wonderful new album Brotherhood. The project features new takes on songs made famous by the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, the Glaser Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, and many more.
“It’s one of those things that you put off for a long time,” says Leigh. “We talked and talked and talked about it for years, saying we’d really like to do an album of brother harmony. We thought about doing a specific album in tribute to the Louvin Brothers. But, now seemed like the right time to do it. If we don’t do it now, we’ll just keep saying, ‘The next album, we’ll do a tribute.’ But, we would write new songs and, once you write them, you want to record them. So we said, ‘If we announce that this is what we’re going to do, then we’ll have to do it.’ We did that, and I’m glad we did because it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. It wasn’t because we were afraid of being pigeonholed. If anything, I feel honored to be thought of in the same light as say Jim & Jesse or to be described a ‘brother act.’”
When it comes to the reasons why sibling harmonies blend so nicely, the Gibson Brothers agree that having the same accents and having intuition about what the other is thinking all plays a part. “When you’re growing up, you probably talk very similar to how your parents talk, and the same is true for Eric and me,” says Leigh. “You learn to speak from the same people, and you’re around the same people. And, you do have a bit of a genetic blend, as there is similarity to the tone of your voice. I can hear my kids talking in another room. They are 10, 8, and 7, and it’s hard for me at times to determine who’s speaking. The tones of their voices are the same. That’s a good leg up. I think another aspect is that Eric and I grew up on a farm in northern New York and it was pretty well removed from any kind of population. Kind of like these other brother acts from fifty or sixty years ago, we entertained each other and we entertained our parents with music when we were in our early teens. It was a source of entertainment for the family and was an activity to do.” Read entire article »