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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Brothers Eric banjo, vocals and Leigh guitar, vocals Gibson lead one of the tightest bluegrass quartets going, and the group's second Sugar Hill album spotlights their instrumental prowess. As on last year's impressive Bona Fide, the soulful picking is in service to a batch of insightful songs about living, loving, losing, and keeping all of life's curveballs in proper perspective. This outing features seven plainspoken, literate originals showcasing each Gibson's growing fluency as a writer, plus seven scintillating covers. This rich material allows the group to stretch beyond the boundaries of bluegrass, adding sparkling touches of traditional country and folk to the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Brothers Eric banjo, vocals and Leigh guitar, vocals Gibson lead one of the tightest bluegrass quartets going, and the group's second Sugar Hill album spotlights their instrumental prowess. As on last year's impressive Bona Fide, the soulful picking is in service to a batch of insightful songs about living, loving, losing, and keeping all of life's curveballs in proper perspective. This outing features seven plainspoken, literate originals showcasing each Gibson's growing fluency as a writer, plus seven scintillating covers. This rich material allows the group to stretch beyond the boundaries of bluegrass, adding sparkling touches of traditional country and folk to the mix. The high-octane workout "Mountain Song" co-written by Kieran Kane revels in the rejuvenating powers of nature, with extra oomph provided by fiddler Jason Carter of the Del McCoury Band. The brothers' keening, familial harmonies summon comparisons to those of the Louvin Brothers, a connection underscored by a sturdy waltz treatment of the Louvins' cover of Edgar Edens's tale of spiritual salvation, "Satan's Jeweled Crown." The resolute, folk-flavored Gordon Lightfoot–penned title song is energized by the Gibsons' close, deeply felt harmonizing and country punctuations courtesy banjo and mandolin. One of the most effective heartbreakers in the Gibsons' repertoire is Leigh's poignant meditation on an endgame, "Dreams That End like This," which is as devastating as its somber title suggests. From start to finish, Long Way Back Home offers an abundance of riches such as these. It's a winning ticket in every respect.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Gibson Brothers have been one of the most consistent folk and bluegrass acts on the circuit since the mid-'90s. Their radical hard country approach to the music stands out in stark contrast to the generic would-be neo-revivalists. Eric and Leigh approach each song, whether it be Kieran Kane's stomping "Mountain Song," Gordon Lightfoot's classic "Long Way Back Home," or their own "I'm Not Wanted Here" with its Earl Scruggs banjosity, with the same elegance and viewpoint -- that this is a living tradition descended from antiquity. This music is not preserved as such; instead, it is sometimes vibrant, alive, joyous, and rolling, and at other times spooky or heartbreaking. In any case, it is music that assents to life and the mountain heritage. Easily their most accomplished outing, Long Way Back Home is the kind of bluegrass record that doesn't get made anymore, with amazing heartfelt singing, popping instrumental breaks, and a freshness that could never exist in a museum of dead legacies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891398624
  • Catalog Number: 3986
  • Sales rank: 132,987

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gibson Brothers Primary Artist
Luke Bulla Fiddle
Jason Carter Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Sam Zucchini Percussion
Eric Gibson Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Fills, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Leigh Gibson Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Alan Bartram Vocal Harmony
Marc MacGlashan Mandolin
Mike Barber Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Kieran Kane Composer
Chris Jones Composer
Paul Kramer Composer
Sean Locke Composer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Composer
Chad Jeffers Composer
Eric Gibson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Leigh Gibson Producer, Liner Notes
Jackson Leap Composer
Chad Carlson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    veteran experience supplements youthful energy

    From the town of Ellenburg Depot in the Champlain Valley in upstate New York., The Gibson Brothers emerged on the music scene in 1991 and put out albums on the Big Elm, Hay Holler and Ceili labels early in their music career. Their “traditional music with a twist” has won them many fans and a 1998 award for “Emerging Artist of the Year.” In 2002, they signed with Sugar Hill Records and released the highly acclaimed “Bona Fide” in 2003. When not performing, Leigh is a dairy farmer, and Eric is a school teacher. Their sophomore effort on the Sugar Hill label, “Long Way Back Home,” continues their formula of a full, visceral brand of bluegrass built around the brothers’ duet singing and songwriting. This disc consists of seven originals. Leigh Gibson contributes Dreams That End Like This, Any Man in His Right Mind, and I Gotta Get Back To You. Eric Gibson composed The Way I Feel, I'm not Wanted Here, and He'd Take Her Back Again. Drawing inspiration from the Adirondacks on a beautiful spring day, Eric collaborated with Roy Hurd to pen “Callie's Reel.” In each case, the song’s author sings lead with his brother singing harmony. The only number with three-part harmony (courtesy of Alan Bartram) is “I’m not Wanted Here.” Although brother duet singing is a large part of their signature sound, I’d encourage them to consider a few more songs with additional harmony on future releases. Maybe even invite their little sis, Erin, back into the vocal mix now and then as they did on the “Bona Fide” album? Besides the traditional “East Bound Train,” the band covers of songs by Kieran Kane, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Leap, Jaime Robbie Robertson, Chris Jones, and Edgar Edens. Leigh Gibson plays guitar and sings. Eric Gibson plays banjo, lead guitar, and sings. The brothers are once again joined by their talented bass player Mike Barber and mandolinist Marc MacGlashan. Special guests include Jason Carter (fiddle), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Rob Ickes (dobro), Russ Pahl (steel guitar), Sam Zucchini (percussion), and Alan Bartram (harmony vocal). Another difference from the “Bona Fide”project is the band’s increasing use of drums and steel guitar. These three original cuts (Dreams that End Like This, Any Man in his Right Mind, He’d Take Her Back Again) clearly show their distinctive, countrified stamp to some of their contemporary material. Now, with veteran experience to supplement their youthful energy, the Gibson Brothers’ fame as bluegrass and country stars continues to grow. (Joe Ross)

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