Leigh and Eric Gibson, the Gibson Brothers, step into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout “Mockingbird,” the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. The celebrated bluegrass duo (Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013) play The Strand Theatre Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with the Mockingbird Band.
A mix of country, soul and 70s rock, “Mockingbird” further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting.
The 11 tracks on their 14th album, draw on much of the brothers' experiences being raised on the family farm in Northern New York. The track "Come Down" evokes the 70’s sound of radio rock kings America, while "Lay Your Body Down” hearkens to the passionate Exile on Main Street style of R&B. Both dispel any notion that the Gibsons are solely a bluegrass act and prove Eric and Leigh's gift for penning boundary-pushing songs. Likewise, "Sweet Lucinda," with its shuffling rhythm, taps into country-rock, and "I'm a Better Man" slinks along with Bobby Wood's Wurlitzer electric piano.
“They have it all: lead vocals, brother-duet harmony, instrumental virtuosity, ensemble sensibilities, and great original material.” - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Advance tickets, $28 online at https://tickets.rocklandstrand.com and by calling 207-549-0070 (Monday – Friday noon to 4 p.m.) Please note: a handling fee applies to online and phone sales. Tickets are $32 day of the show. The Strand is at 345 Main Street, Rockland.