The Gibson Brothers

  • Dates: September 27, 2019
  • Venue: City Plaza
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 6:15-7:15pm


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 the New York Times calls them "bluegrass superstars,” plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music still are not yet familiar with their music. Born on a northern New York dairy farm, they began on banjo and guitar in middle school. Their dad 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, 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.