Members of the Gibson Brothers bluegrass band perform May 17 at the Strand Theatre in Old Forge. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and guest mandolin player Jesse Cobb.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
Leigh told a story about the song’s beginning and how Newberry, of Raleigh, N.C., once spent some time picking with an elderly banjo player up in the hills.
“And he asked him, ‘This style of playing that you do, when you were playing it years ago, did they call it country music, did they call it bluegrass, folk, old time, what’d they call it?’ And the fellow said, ‘Son, they called it music,’” Leigh said. “Two months later, a lightning bolt finally clicked with Eric. It took him a while to figure it out. He said, ‘There’s a song in that.’ So he wrote it.”
Eric also wrote the album’s final track, “Songbird’s Song,” which was the result of a three-day insomnia attack when the Gibson Brothers traveled to Denmark in 2012.
“When we first got there, I was so tired,” Eric said on stage. “I said, ‘I’m just going to take a little nap.’ And he (Leigh) said, ‘Don’t do it.’ He said, ‘You’re going to mess yourself up. Don’t do it.’ And I said, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’ And he was right. I slept about four hours or so.”
“He was walking the streets of Denmark,” Leigh added. “He knew where every hot dog stand was in Copenhagen.”
The Old Forge concert was co-sponsored by Saratoga Guitar, operated by longtime musical friend Matt McCabe, of Saratoga Springs. Their encore performance was “Holding Things Together,” a tribute to Merle Haggard and symbolic of how the Gibson Brothers are getting along without Joe Walsh during their 2013 tour.
For more information, visit the band online at www.gibsonbrothers.com.