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The Gibson Brothers’ brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs, In the Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year follow up their stellar, 5-times nominated tribute to brother harmonies, Brotherhood, with this latest effort, which digs even deeper into their commitment to family and their history. The themes come from the farm, their childhood, and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory. Featuring celebrated, award-winning Dobro player Rob Ickes, In the Ground reaches into new territory for the Gibson Brothers as they reflect on their past.

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In The Ground
February 17, 2017

 

With accolades including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year; Song of the Year; Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year—in some cases multiple times—the Gibson Brothers truly need no introduction in the bluegrass world. Yet even though they’re "bluegrass superstars" (New York Times), there are still plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music who are not yet familiar with their music.  For them, In The Ground is the perfect record—just as it is for long-time Gibson Brothers fans, too. 

It’s often said that “it all begins with a song.” From the beginning, the Gibsons have been known as "songwriters' songwriters”—and sure enough, In The Ground is all-original, with only two outside co-songwriters; that alone makes it a stunning achievement.  And while any new Gibson Brothers album would be big news and cause for excitement, the fact that their most recent album, Brotherhood, was a lovingly historical-minded tribute to the brother duet tradition, underlines how much anticipation there’s been for an album of all-new Gibson Brothers originals. 

“I think it shows maturation," says Leigh, the younger of the duo.  "I started to see and feel the impact of where we’re from—how it carries into our music, its honesty.  We didn't need to turn to anyone else to tell our story for the record."

“'Remember Who You Are’ is what my dad said to me right before I went to college," says older brother Eric, and sure enough, the opening lines of the chorus point straight to his advice:" Some will tell you everything you want to hear, some will make you question all that you hold dear.”

In the same vein, he explains that ”Fool's Hill" is "based on an expression I heard my mother and grandmother use about young people getting in trouble. . . 'oh, he's just climbing Fool's Hill.’”

Other songs explore aspects of a musician’s life.  “‘Friend of Mine’ began as a song about a guitar," says Leigh.  He was gifted a 1940s-era guitar from a friend who passed away.  Then, he says, that idea was coupled with the sheer joy of driving down the road with Mike Barber, the band's bass player, who has been with the band for over 23 years.  "Little Girl," on the other hand, was a song Eric penned a decade ago, when the possibility of success felt very far away.  Yet that sense of stasis is juxtaposed with the album’s quickest tempo, its lyrics speaking to the fear of being stuck, even as the banjo races forward.  

On "I Found A Church Today," the brothers return to their churchly roots with a brother harmony that sounds as much like barbershop quartet as it does like bluegrass.  "Look Who's Crying Now" is influenced by the Stanley Brothers, 1970s country, and a Levon Helm sort of swamp-waltzy thing, while "Everywhere I Go" is particularly special to Eric, whose guitar- and mandolin-playing son,  Kelley, collaborated with his brother and father on the melody and writing.

The title song, "In the Ground," closes out the album, slowing things down with a sparse and contemplative guitar-and-vocal opening that speaks to the end of the family farming era, when

men and women could support themselves and their families on the acreage around them. It's also about time moving on and progress being a double-edged sword.  Though this is a theme familiar from earlier Gibson Brothers songs, it hasn’t been done better or more powerfully than here, again with the multiple layers of meaning of "In the Ground:” the term, from planting and harvesting, to the heyday and demise of the family farm, to birth and death, ultimately being placed in the ground at the end of it all.

Indeed, In the Ground may be the Gibsons’ most personal album to date, recalling moments from childhood and what it was like to be the last generation of their family to grow up on a dairy farm in northern New York, close to the Canadian border, in a place that felt locked in time.  "We are a team,” Eric muses.  “We slept in the same room on the farm, slept in the same dorm room at college, and often room together now on the road.  I’m proud that whatever Leigh and I have accomplished has been together.”  And despite their many career advances, it’s clear that the brothers can still dig deep into the roots of their own musical heritage and indelible memories of parents, home, and loss.

Born on a northern New York dairy farm, they began on banjo and guitar in middle school.  Their dad, Kelley, owned a banjo, a fiddle and a guitar, and offered them lessons - under the condition that they not quit.  And while they did, indeed, stick to the music firmly planted in farm and family, the brothers expanded outward from there, from the Earl Scruggs lesson book to listening to Don William, to Ricky Skaggs with Emmylou Harris—an important intersection of country and bluegrass—and to the revelatory inspiration of Flatt & Scruggs Live at Carnegie Hall.

From those beginnings, combined with music in church and its emphasis on singing and harmony, the brothers created their own distinctive style of singing and songwriting.  "I think there a few things in play here,” Leigh told The Boston Globe in 2015.  “The first is genetic, the second is tone.  The other part is learned.  It's the fact that you grow up in the same household, and you learn to talk with the same people.  You pronounce things the same way, you mispronounce things the same way.  That tightens things just a little bit."  Brother acts, he says, often grew up in simple rural settings like their own.  "A lot of our entertainment at home came from playing and figuring out songs."

 

"Being removed from the rest of the population of bluegrass musicians, there was an individual sound created," he summarizes.

Award-winning bluegrass broadcaster Katy Daley highlights another major part of their impact and appeal: "The music is layered and textured, enhancing the lyrics and bringing the brother-duet tradition into the twenty-first century.”  To help in the job, the Brothers have a loyal and virtuosic team of musicians with them. Mike Barber, together with the boys so long he's often called the third Gibson brother, is a 23-year veteran of the band, grounding the duo on bass.  Clayton Campbell, outstanding fiddle player, has been providing sensitive back-up and stellar solos for over a decade, and while Jesse Brock is a relative newcomer to the band, he’s a polished veteran who’s earned the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award with forceful rhythm and dynamic solos that are by now an integral part of any Gibson Brothers show.

Put it all together and you have the finest record the Gibson Brothers have yet released.  In the Ground has everything we've come to expect from this group's sound, with songwriting that continues to mature and deepen over the years, and a vocal and instrumental delivery to match.

In a genre built on the push-pull of progress and nostalgia—a theme often articulated in their original songs and their way of performing them—it stands to reason that this collection serves not only as an essential Gibson Brothers set, but as an authentic new bluegrass classic.

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ARTIST: The Gibson Brothers

TITLE: In the Ground

LABEL: Rounder

UPC: 888072020573

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Produced by Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber                                            

Recorded by Ben Surratt at The Rec Room, Nashville, TN      

Additional recording by Joel Moss and Charlie Eble at Woods End Recording Studio, Greenfield Center, NY

Mixed Ben Surratt at The Rec Room, Nashville, TN                                                               

Mastered by Paul Blakemore at CMG Mastering                                                      

 

Photography: Laura Carbone

Package Design: Terri Morris

 

Leigh Gibson − guitars, lead and harmony vocals

Eric Gibson − banjo, lead and harmony vocals

Mike Barber − bass

Clayton Campbell − fiddle

Jesse Brock − mandolin, harmony vocals

Rob Ickes − resophonic guitar

 

Rob Ickes appears courtesy of Compass Records

                                   

Thanks to The Rounder Founders: Ken Irwin, Bill Knowlin and Marian Levy, Rounder Records, Chris Harris, Stan Strickland and Rainmaker Management, Barron Ruth and Crossover Touring, D’Addario Strings, Deering Banjos, Wayne Henderson and Henderson Guitars, Tom Venne, Matt Miller, Dick Decosse and Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis and Gun City, Ben Surratt and Missy Raines, IBMA, Katy Daley, Terri Morris and Mollie B. Creative, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Kyle Cantrell and Sirius XM, Justin Voss, Matt McCabe and Saratoga Guitar, Joel Moss, Charlie Eble, Dave Nichols and Custom Pearl Inlay, Rob Ickes, Jesse Brock, Clayton Campbell and Mike Barber.

 

Artist Representation/Management: Chris Harris – Rainmaker Managament

 

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   1.   Highway (3:07)

         (Eric Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   2.   Homemade Wine (3:11)

         (Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   3.   Remember Who You Are (2:59)

         (Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   4.   Making Good Time (3:05)

         (Eric Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   5.   My Quiet Mind (4:07)

         (Leigh Gibson, Shawn Camp)

         Scamporee Music (BMI), International Dog Music (BMI), Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   6.   I Can’t Breathe Deep Yet (3:32)

         (Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   7.   Fool’s Hill (3:29)

         (Eric Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   8.   Friend of Mine (2:57)

         (Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

   9.   Little Girl (4:11)

         (Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

10.   I Found a Church Today (2:42)

         (Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

11.   Look Who’s Crying (3:39)

         (Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

12.   Everywhere I Go (4:01)

         (Kelley Gibson, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

13.   In the Ground (4:55)

         (Leigh Gibson)

         Brown Bird Songs (BMI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   1.   Highway (3:07)

 

   2.   Homemade Wine (3:11)

 

   3.   Remember Who You Are (2:59)

 

   4.   Making Good Time (3:05)

 

   5.   My Quiet Mind (4:07)

 

   6.   I Can’t Breathe Deep Yet (3:32)

 

   7.   Fool’s Hill (3:29)

 

   8.   Friend of Mine (2:57)

 

   9.   Little Girl (4:11)

 

10.   I Found a Church Today (2:42)

 

11.   Look Who’s Crying (3:39)

 

12.   Everywhere I Go (4:01)

 

13.   In the Ground (4:55)

 

Produced by Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber                                            

 

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Highway

Well, my daddy went away had to go and get his pay on the highway

But he never came back, must have got off track on the highway

Now my ma won’t let me go like that old so and so on the highway

 

I’m looking down below lordie Lord I wanna go on the highway

Way up in the mountain air all I do is dream and stare at the highway

I’m gonna run downhill, gonna find my thrill on the highway

 

Chorus

Car lights, so bright

That’s where I’ll be tonight

On the highway, on the highway

 

Find a future find a girl gonna see that big old world on the highway

It’s a little bit dumb but I’m gonna ride my thumb on the highway

When my mama goes to sleep I pray the lord my soul to keep on the highway

 

Repeat chorus

 

Homemade Wine

Just waking up is killing me

I still taste last night every time I breathe

This shirt I’m wearing it ain’t mine

And it’s covered in that homemade wine

 

I got one shoe on but the other’s gone

I can’t figure out whose couch I’m on

I look for clues but there’s no sign

Been washed away by homemade wine

 

Chorus

Homemade wine, homemade wine

It ain’t fancy, it ain’t fine

But it will get me every time

Can’t leave alone that homemade wine

 

You can never tell what’ll kick it off

Could be a little pull to help a cough

And then some more to ease my mind

And I lose a day to homemade wine

 

Repeat chorus

 

Now lying here with the bottle dry

A wet cloth stretched across my me eyes

I could swear you off yet another time

But we’ll meet again sweet homemade wine

 

Remember Who You Are

Son, I’ve tried to show you the best I could

Some days I fell short but most were pretty good

Now as I watch you leave to find your shining star

When you get there remember who you are

 

Some will tell you everything you wanna hear

Some will make you question all that you hold dear

Remember what you learned on this little farm

And don’t forget, remember who you are

 

Chorus

I can see you going places I have never been

You might wind up winning hearts that I could never win

No matter where you’re going whether near or far

When you get there, remember who you are

 

I didn’t always tell you when I thought you shined

Better to let others brag on what was mine

I thought it would prepare you for when life gets hard

And it will, remember who you are

 

Repeat chorus

 

Making good time

We feel like we’ve been here before

The truth is we’re really not sure

Are we driving a few miles more, are we staying?

This new kind of freedom we’ve found

To nobody’s roadmap we’re bound

Our favorite radio sounds are playing

 

Chorus

We don’t know where we’re going

We don’t know where we’re going

We don’t know where we’re going

But we sure are making good time

 

Is it really so bad if we’re lost?

Does it matter who measures the cost?

How often do we come across such a pairing?

We’ve wandered so far and so wide

No pressure on us to decide

It’s a wonderful ride while we’re getting our bearings

 

Repeat chorus

                                                                                   

I Found a Church Today

I found a church today, you led me to its door

There was love about, it made my spirit soar

We had worship there and Jesus’ name was praised

And I sang along, I found a church today

 

And all the souls inside welcomed from their pews

You were in their eyes and in their voices too

And my heart was full when it was time to pray

I came back to you, I found a church today

 

Chorus

And your love shown in through the windows wide

And it brightened the room till I’d nothing left to hide

Though I can’t recall what kept me away

Yet you knew my need, I found a church today

 

I’ll come back next week and bring a friend along

He needs to hear your word, he needs to sing your song

Keep a fire in me, don’t let me get away

Oh, it feels like home

I found a church today

 

Repeat chorus

 

In the Ground

In the ground, not many years ago

A bellyful they’d grow in the ground

In the ground, as long as they were able

They’d plan for the table in the ground

 

In the ground, like their parents did before

Blood and sweat they poured in the ground

In the ground that they held to as their own

They worked and made a home in the ground

 

Chorus

In ground like no other with help from nature’s mother

They fed this country’s cities and its towns

But in long slow surrender with profit getting slender

The family farm now often can be found

Beneath what some call progress in the ground

 

In the ground, they lived a straight line

But they’ve been running out of time in the ground

In the ground, that dream will be gone

And it feels so damn wrong in the ground

 

In the ground, we turn it over once more

And a casket we lower in the ground

In the ground, my hero gone home

I cry o’er his bones in the ground

 

Repeat chorus

 

My Quiet Mind

I lie on my bed alone in the wake of you being gone

I try not to wonder why you’re not mine tonight

Still in my head I hear echoes of goodbye

It might take a lifetime trying to find my quiet mind

 

Chorus

A quiet mind is a hard thing to find

Everyone listens to voices sometimes

Maybe I’m crazy thinking I deserve something so fine

It might take a lifetime trying to find my quiet mind

 

Here in this lonesome room night cries a cold, cold tune

Of the love I left unsaid and you left behind

Watching the fire die as it too runs out of time

It might take a lifetime trying to find my quiet mind

 

Repeat chorus

 

Friend of mine

Something calls out to me from the wood and wire

As I chase a dream that heartache cannot tire

You’re always there to keep me right in time

 Friend of mine

You travel with me across the world and travel back

In the brightest light until the room is black

If I need something it’s you I always find

Friend of mine, friend of mine

 

Chorus

Time may show the toll it’s taken on both you and me

We no longer make the picture that we used to be

But the sound that comes from you still shines

Friend of mine, friend of mine

 

We shared the good and held up through the worst

And when it’s time to go again I’ll choose you first

You’ve made it so I want no other kind

Friend of mine

But like everything someday we will be gone

Then what remains of us will be in song

Will they think of us as they sing out each line

Friend of mine, friend of mine

 

Repeat chorus

 

Yes, the sound that comes from you still shines

Friend of mine, friend of mine

 

Look Who’s Crying

Look who’s crying now big tears of sorrow

The ones I knew would fall on some tomorrow

I told you when you let me go

“You’ll feel the same someday I know”

I cried more than a conscience should allow

Look who’s crying all those big tears now

 

Look who looks like her whole world is over

Who’s looking now to cry on someone’s shoulder

Telling me that people change

And how much I still look the same

Until suddenly I’m laughing out loud

Look who’s crying all those big tears now

 

Chorus

Look who’s crying I was wrong

Begging me to come back home

Saying baby now, we can work it out somehow

Look who’s crying all those big tears now

 

Now I remember crying those tears too

And a begging till my knees were black and blue

I surrendered all my pride 

To try and keep you by my side

But it didn’t do any good anyhow

Look who’s crying all those big tears now

 

Repeat chorus

 

I Can’t Breathe Deep Yet

I got a beauty, yeah, she’s got my back

And I love that baby’s smile

There’s a band of boys and big guitars

That follow me every mile

I got a nice old house that will keep me dry

 When the world gets cold and wet

I got everything a man could want

But I can’t breathe deep yet

I can’t breathe deep yet

 

Cause that big old sun shining on my face

Will always fade to black

And each minute I let tick away

Is one that won’t come back

I won’t slow down for the here and now

When there’s more that I can get

I’m thankful but unsatisfied

I can’t breathe deep yet

I can’t breathe deep yet

 

Bridge

Even if I tried I doubt I could control

The restless side of me that’s taken hold

 

Maybe some sad day that old and gray

Will get its hands on me

And I’ll look back on what I am

As the way I used to be

But here today all I can say

Is I’ll live without regret

I’m down that line while i got time

I can’t breathe deep yet

No, I can’t breathe deep yet

 

 

 

 

Fool’s Hill

Chorus

Fool’s hill, fool’s hill

Some won’t make it but most will

When you’re young and you’ve got time to kill

You take a ride up on fool’s hill

 

Wagging tongues, a little town

Brother’s got heads spinning all around

Mom just sighs. She’s had her fill

Says, “my boy’s just climbing fool’s hill”

 

Repeat chorus

 

Phone rings out on Christmas day

He got arrested he got hauled away

He could be a movie star

But you can’t bring your horse inside a bar

 

Repeat chorus

 

Does she wonder, does she doubt?

Whether he will get it figured out

Maybe theirs is just a freer will

Those who drive too fast on fool’s hill

 

Repeat chorus

 

Everywhere I Go

There’s planes, trains and fast cars and good times everywhere i go

There’s dancing and singing, laughter ringing as the red wine flows

Happy people all around me but I’ve never felt so low

It’s just one more night without you everywhere I go

 

Now that cold, hollow moon follows me everywhere I go

Does it shine in our room or do sad curtains turn back the glow?

Do you ever dream about me? I don’t really want to know

It’s just one more night without you everywhere I go

 

Chorus

Everywhere I go, everywhere I go

There is no rhyme nor reason, I can’t tell you why I ride

Everywhere I go, everywhere I go

I may find fame and make a name my best is left behind

 

Repeat chorus

 

There’s planes, trains and fast cars and good times everywhere I go

There’s dancing and singing, laughter ringing as the red wine flows

Happy people all around me, but I’ve never felt so low

It’s just one more night without you everywhere I go

 

Little Girl

Little girl, if I can hear your laughter then my day is made

You warm me with a fire when I have been out working in a cold

Rain

And I swear you have a way of knowing what I’m feeling

I told you I’d protect you but you’re the one who’s stronger, little girl

 

When the world is speeding through my mind and I am fading

I hear a soft voice call and troubles do not matter anymore

Then I’m back to being close to normal as I can be

You save the day again, with you I always win, little girl

 

Chorus

Would the world be the world little girl without you

Cause I need everything little girl about you

 

Little girl, not everything has worked out as I told you

Yet you still hold my hand with dirt beneath its fingernails so tight

And it’s life, no matter where you live it and I love you

You’re the one thing I’ve done right be mine again tonight, little girl

 

Repeat chorus