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The Gibson Brothers

The upstate New York bluegrass group known as the Gibson Brothers is really two talented brothers and a father-and-son team who can deliver a close-knit harmony without a hitch. The brothers are writer, banjoist, and vocalist Eric Gibson and writer, guitarist, and vocalist Leigh Gibson. The father-and-son team is Junior Barber on Resophonic guitar and son Mike Barber on acoustic bass. Brothers Leigh and Eric began performing as adolescents, playing gospel instrumentals in the local church. They added singing harmonies to their act a few years later, and performed numbers by artists such as Buck Owens and Jim & Jesse. A musician by the name of Bob Fuller made sure the young brothers were exposed to the music of bluegrass greats like Red Allen, Bill Monroe, and Jimmy Martin.

In 1994, as a quartet, the Gibson Brothers recorded their debut album, Underneath a Harvest Moon, released by the independent label Big Elm Records. The album featured tunes like "Your Man in the Middle," "I Never Was Too Much," and "Tears of Yesterday." The group's music moves from fun and energetic to serious and deliberate, stirring in classic bluegrass and roots country in a way that makes each song original and the style all Gibson Brothers. In 1995, a performance at Owensboro, Kentucky, landed the group a contract with Hay Holler Records. A year later, the Gibson Brothers released Long Forgotten Dream. With numbers like "Good as Gold," "Little Man in the Mirror," and "I Don't Know What to Do," the album did well enough to earn a place on the bluegrass charts, holding ground there for months. The title song made it into the Top 30 of the Bluegrass Unlimited chart, reaching number ten.

In 1998, the album Another Night of Waiting was released. One of its tracks, "She Paints a Picture," climbed even higher on the charts than its predecessors. In October of that same year, the Gibson Brothers signed on with the Ceili Music label owned by Ricky Skaggs, who produced the group's next album. Also in 1998, the Gibson Brothers were named the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. Two years later, the band issued the playfully bittersweet Spread Your Wings. Bona Fide, which appeared in 2000, marked their first for Sugar Hill; it included covers of the Band's "Ophelia" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Long Way Back Home," the latter of which served as the title track for their fifth album. The band released Red Letter Day in 2006, followed by Iron and Diamonds in 2008, both on Sugar Hill.

In 2009, the Gibsons released Ring the Bell, the first of a three album contract with Compass Records. Help My Brother followed in 2011, with a guest cameo by Claire Lynch, and 2013's They Called It Music featured the group's trademark combination of original songs sequenced amid standards to extend the bluegrass tradition.

The Gibson Brothers issued Brotherhood in early 2015; it was their first all-covers record, and featured songs by the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley, Bill Church, and the York Brothers, as well as the Blue Sky Boys. It was their debut offering for the Rounder label. ~ Charlotte Dillon & Thom Jurek
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: In The Ground

1. Highway

2. Homemade Wine

3. Remember Who You Are

4. Making Good Time

5. My Quiet Mind

6. I Can't Breathe Deep Yet

7. Fool's Hill

8. Friend Of Mine

9. Little Girl

10. I Found A Church Today

11. Look Who’s Crying

12. Everywhere I Go

13. In The Ground

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Track List: Homemade Wine (Single)

1. Homemade Wine

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Track List: Highway

1. Highway

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Track List: Emily (Deluxe Version)

1. Silver Nights

2. Hey Ho (Move Your Body)

3. Love Can Fly Away

4. Go Train

5. Emily

6. Midnight Magic

7. Mona Lisa From Africa

8. Silver Nights (Radio Edit)

9. Hey Ho (Move Your Body) (Radio Edit)

10. Emily (Radio Edit)

11. Silver Nights (Extended Version)

12. Hey Ho (Move Your Body) (Extended Version)

13. Emily (Extended Version)

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Track List: Cuba And Other Big Hits (Rerecorded)

1. Cuba (Rerecorded)

2. Que Será Mi Vida (Rerecorded)

3. Better Do It Salsa (Rerecorded)

4. Ohh What A Life (Rerecorded)

5. Mariana (Rerecorded)

6. My Heart's Beating Wild (Rerecorded)

7. Latin America (Rerecorded)

8. Come To America (Rerecorded)

9. Heavenly Blessing (Rerecorded)

10. Non Stop Dance (Rerecorded)

11. Caribbean Concerto (Rerecorded)

12. Are You Ready (Rerecorded)

13. Silver Nights (Rerecorded)

14. Emily (Rerecorded)

15. I Left My Heart In Jamaica (Rerecorded)

16. Party Tonight (Rerecorded)

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Track List: Brotherhood

1. Bye Bye Love

2. The Sweetest Gift

3. An Angel With Blue Eyes

4. Each Season Changes You

5. I Have Found The Way

6. How Mountain Girls Can Love

7. It’ll Be Her

8. What A Wonderful Savior Is He

9. Long Gone

10. Eastbound Train

11. Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

12. Seven Year Blues

13. Long Time Gone

14. I’m Troubled I’m Troubled

15. Crying In The Rain

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Track List: Bye Bye Love (Single)

1. Bye Bye Love

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Medley Tic Tac: My Heart Is Beating Wild "Tic Tac" / Better Do It Salsa / Baby It's The Singer / Non Stop Dance

2. Carribean Concerto

3. Mariana

4. Cuba

5. Heaven

6. My Heart Is Beating Wild (Tic Tac)

7. Non Stop Dance

8. I Left My Heart In Jamaica

9. Que Sera Mi Vida

10. Better Do It Salsa

11. Latin America

12. Come To America

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Track List: Hits Anthology

1. Cuba

2. Que Sera Mi Vida

3. Come To America

4. Latin America

5. Heaven

6. Kalimba De Luna

7. Non-Stop Dance

8. Mariana

9. Baby It's The Singer

10. I Left My Heart In Jamaica

11. Better Do It Salsa

12. Caribbean Concerto

13. My Heart Is Beating Wild (Tic Tac Tic Tac)

14. Cuba Medley: Cuba / Come To America / Que Sera Mi Vida

15. Salsa Medley: My Heart Is Beating Wild (Tic Tac Tic Tac) / Better Do It Salsa / Baby It's The Singer / Non-Stop Dance

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Track List: Gibson Brothers (Remix Collection)

1. Latin (Megamix)

2. Come To America (Remix)

3. Mariana

4. Kalimba De Luna

5. Latin America

6. Cuba (Radio Version)

7. Come To America

8. Que Sera Mi Vida

9. Heaven

10. Non Stop Dance

11. Baby It's A Singer

12. Cuba (Remix)

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Track List: They Called It Music

1. Buy A Ring, Find A Preacher

2. They Called It Music

3. The Darker The Night, The Better I See

4. Dying For Someone To Live For

5. I'll Work It Out

6. Something Comin' To Me

7. Daddy's Gone To Knoxville

8. Dusty Old World

9. Home On The River

10. I Will Always Cross Your Mind

11. Sundown And Sorrow

12. Songbird's Song

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Track List: Heaven

1. Heaven

2. Baby, It's The Singer

3. A Symphony

4. Haunted Love

5. In Love Again

6. Harlem Bound

7. Somewhere

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Track List: The Complete Of Gibson Brothers

Disc 1

1. Come To America

2. Never Said Goodbye

3. Such A Funky Way

4. Music Is A Message

5. Too Late Baby

6. Non Stop Dance

7. Because I Love You

8. People Of The City

9. Music Of The World

10. Somewhere

11. Rio Brasilia

12. Haunted Love

13. A Symphonie

14. Baby It's The Singer

15. In Love Again

16. Take My Love

17. Harlem Bound

18. Caroline

Disc 2

1. Cuba

2. Ooh What A Life

3. West Indies

4. Better Do It Salsa

5. You

6. Que Sera Mi Vida

7. Metropolis

8. Mariana

9. All I Ever Want Is You

10. Good Girl Bad Boy

11. Latin America

12. Dancin' The Mambo

13. Fly Away

Disc 3

1. Heaven

2. Quartier Latin

3. Limbo

4. I Left My Heart In Jamaïca

5. Sheela

6. A Train To Bombay

7. Caribbean Concerto

8. Paranoia

9. I.I.I. Love You

10. Baisers Salés

11. My Heart's Beating Wild (Tic Tac Tic Tac)

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Track List: Non Stop Dance

1. Non Stop Dance

2. Never Said Goodbye

3. Such A Funky Way

4. Music Is A Message

5. Too Late Baby

6. Come To America

7. Because I Love You

8. People Of The City

9. Music Of The World

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Track List: Help My Brother

1. Help My Brother

2. Walkin' West To Memphis

3. Dixie

4. Frozen In Time

5. He Can Be Found

6. Singing As We Rise

7. Want Vs. Need

8. I'll Love Nobody But You

9. Just Lovin' You

10. Talk To Me

11. One Car Funeral

12. Safe Passage

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Track List: Cuba / Que Sera Mi Vida (Single)

1. Cuba

2. Que Sera Mi Vida

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Track List: Greatest Hits (2010)

1. Heaven

2. Latin America

3. Non Stop Dance

4. Cuba

5. Cuba (Medley)

6. Come To America

7. Mariana

8. Baby It's A Singer

9. I Left My Heart In Jamaica

10. Que Sera Mi Vida

11. My Heart Is Beating Wild

12. Tic Tac (Medley)

13. Better Do It Salsa

14. Caribbean Concerto

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Track List: Ring The Bell

1. I Know Whose Tears

2. I Can't Like Myself

3. The Wishing Well

4. Ring The Bell

5. Angel Dream

6. What Can I Do

7. Jericho

8. Farm Of Yesterday

9. Just An Old Rounder

10. Forever Has No End

11. That's What I Get For Lovin' You

12. Bottomland

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Track List: Iron & Diamonds

1. Cabin Down Below

2. Iron & Diamonds

3. One Step Closer To The Grave

4. The Other Side Of Town

5. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

6. Lonely Me, Lonely You

7. Picker's Blues

8. A World So Full Of Love

9. Angry Man

10. Bloom Off The Rose

11. Long Way Down

12. Gone Home

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Track List: Red Letter Day

1. Lonesome Number One

2. Walking With Joanna

3. One Raindrop

4. Red Letter Day

5. The Barn Song

6. I Got A Woman

7. We Won't Dance Again

8. Sam Smith

9. What A Ways We've Come

10. As Long As There's You

11. The Prisoner's Song

12. If I Were You

13. One More Try

14. Twenty-One Years

15. It's All Over Now

16. Blank Track

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Track List: Bona Fide

1. The Open Road

2. Arleigh

3. Ragged Man

4. Railroad Line

5. That 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

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Track List: Long Way Back Home

1. Mountain Song

2. Callie's Reel

3. Dreams That End Like This

4. The Way I Feel

5. Ophelia

6. Any Man In His Right Mind

7. Long Way Back Home

8. It's All Right With Me

9. Alone With You

10. I'm Not Wanted Here

11. I Gotta Get Back To You

12. Satan's Jeweled Crown

13. He'd Take Her Back Again

14. East Bound Train (Ghost Track)

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Track List: Folk Masters: Mariana

1. Mariana

2. My Heart Is Beating Wild

3. Non Stop Dance

4. Caribbean Concerto

5. Are You Ready

6. Party Tonight

7. Silver Nights

8. Emily

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Track List: Blue Island

1. Senorita Bonita

2. Blue Island

3. Mambolé

4. Cuba

5. La Noche Loca

6. Every Time You Said "Te Quiero"

7. Baila Mi Ritmo

8. Sunshine

9. Ready To Win

10. Big Bamboo

11. Solo Por Ti

12. Que Sera Mi Vida

13. Lisa From Ibiza

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Track List: Another Night Of Waiting - HH-1341

1. Breakthrough

2. Another Night Of Waiting

3. Wanting, Wanting You

4. She Paints A Picture

5. City Water

6. The Next One Is Me

7. I Don't Care Anymore

8. Travelin' Blues

9. My Yesterdays Look Better Every Day

10. We'll Stay Here

11. Loose Talk

12. Last Letter Home

13. One More Time (I Must Rise)

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Thanks to Jim and Nicole for the Gibsons. Much Love. Richie Rich.
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mom turned me on to these guys. fellow northern New Yorkers creating great music. thanks ma!
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I take it back. NOT corny. Those were my people.
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Corny but lovable and good bluegrass.
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Grew up with these guys they were great back then and even better now....if u ever get a chance to go to one of there shows it is a must go you wont be sorry
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Fantastic Bluegrass... . . n o n e better.....g r e a t voices...clo s e harmony
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They don't sound like "Yankees !!"They sound like any good Southern bluegrass artist.
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Thanks Pandora really great Bluegrass group. :o))
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With artists like the Gibson Brothers and Dailey & Vincent, the future of traditional bluegrass is very much assured...al l terrific artists!!
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one car funeral and knowone seemed to care, .. clever but true to those who do not teach the love . ty Bro's
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The Gibson Brothers are a fantastic bunch of guys, friendly, talented, and best of all, from where I grew up....Keep on Rolling, guys! Iron and Diamonds and Ring the Bell are my favorites.
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Fine singers. Wish them luck because they already have the talent.
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rickthebende r
far from upstate NY. Northern NY where I grew up, excellent lads
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Amazing such fine music from upstate NY where I grew up. Reminds me why I hated 50's c & w music/ but love these guys - enjoy their Pandora presentation s . :-)
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woodbine6
I may be a little prejudiced, since i know these guys from my old stompin' grounds, but i think they're one of the best groups in bluegrass music as well as wonderful people. i love their harmonies and am always delighted when Leigh yodels!!!
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jpgale21
How about that high tenor voice ?

Chuk Bouchard
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cherisse.dan d r o w
love seeing a hometown band come so far!
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saw them & fell in love the first festival i ever went to! fell in love with them AND with bluegrass
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Junior Barber has not played with them for a long time.
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slapshot1894
Today was the first time I've heard 'em. Won't be the last. Thanks Pandora.
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ken-00
Best brother act since the Louvin Brothers. A great blessing to Bluegrass Music.
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They may be "Yankees" but they sure are good at Bluegrass.
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tonelocster
Fantastic! Sweet, sweet, music!
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Gibson brothers RULE !!!
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