Help My Brother

Help My Brother

by The Gibson Brothers

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Overview

The Gibson Brothers are a sly pair. They present themselves pretty much as a straight-ahead traditional bluegrass group, but in fact they're far from it. Unlike the newgrass bands of the 1960s and 1970s, they don't go in for Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan covers; instead they expand their stylistic boundaries more subtly and insistently. Help My Brother consists mostly of original songs (a departure from the bluegrass norm in and of itself), and the group gently pushes the borders of bluegrass tradition mainly by means of unusually complex chord changes, unusual lyrical concerns (note in particular the wry "Frozen in Time," which features the lines "I'm a dinosaur/And I feel a chill"), and understated rhythmic innovations (like the gentle swing feel on the nicely chugging "Walkin' West to Memphis"). There are a few minor missteps on this album: the falsetto lead is a bit too dramatic on "Dixie," and "He Can Be Found" is a bit on the moist and mawkish side, even by bluegrass gospel standards. But most of the program is excellent, including another example of the band's boundary-pushing tendencies: the distinctly country-flavored "Talk to Me," which features a melody that explicitly evokes Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and an excellent cameo appearance by Claire Lynch.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397454924
catalogNumber: 4549
Rank: 25653

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gibson Brothers   Primary Artist
Alison Brown   Banjo
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Claire Lynch   Vocals
Eric Gibson   Banjo,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Leigh Gibson   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Barber   Upright Bass
Mike Witcher   Dobro
Clayton Campbell   Fiddle
Joe Walsh   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Jesse McReynolds   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Jim McReynolds   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Composer
Ella Barrett   Composer
Faye Cunningham   Composer
Ben Surratt   Engineer
Eric Gibson   Composer,Producer
Leigh Gibson   Composer,Producer
Mike Barber   Producer
Joe Newberry   Composer
Chris Henry   Composer

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