08 July 2014

The Gibson Brothers sign with Rounder

Fans of the Gibson Brothers in this island will be glad to hear that they have signed up with Rounder Records. Music from Rounder albums played a large part in the brothers' bluegrass education, and joining the label's artist roster is an achievement for them that ranks beside their other recent achievements. The above photo by Ted Lehmann shows (l-r) Leigh and Eric Gibson, and Ken Irwin and Marian Levy, Rounder's founders. Read more on Bluegrass Today.

A Ted Lehmann photo with a different view of Eric Gibson can be found on Ted's 'Bluegrass, books, and brainstorms' blog, which the BIB admires and thoroughly recommends. Ted (now retired) and his wife spend about 200 days a year travelling to bluegrass events in North America, and the result is a blog full of comprehensive reports and innumerable splendid photos and videos. On 1 July Ted's report from the Jenny Brook Festival in Vermont began; and about an eighth of the way down that webpage you can see Eric Gibson playing electric country lead guitar in the Clem Hawkins Revival Band, a classic country outfit.

PS: Dobro enthusiasts may already be aware that a week ago Rounder announced what will be a historic album of dobro music: Three bells, a collaboration of Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, and the late Mike Auldridge. This is scheduled for release on 16 September.

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