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The Gibson Brothers
Iron & Diamonds
Sugar Hill Records
www.gibsonbrothers.com


The Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh, have been at this bluegrass music thing for more than 15 years now, and they certainly have a lot to show for it. Iron & Diamonds is the brothers' eighth release since their debut Underneath A Harvest Moon way back in 1994. The boys have been able to stay true to their roots and have created some of the more memorable traditional-style bluegrass records of the past decade. Their latest release is no exception. The opening banjo rolls and rolling rhythms of "Cabin Down Below" firmly establish the high lonesome sound and trad credentials of the group and little on the record seems to challenge that beginning. "One Step Closer To The Grave" is mid-tempo 'grass at its finest, mingling yearning fiddle lines with dark lyrics and brilliant harmonies for a very classic feel. The boys evoke a more classic Nashville sound on the mournful "The Other Side Of Town" and focus on their vocal harmonies on "Lonely Me, Lonely You," which sounds like the glory days of the Statler Brothers. "Picker's Blues" takes things back to bluegrass, but with a decidedly brushy feeling, making a song that is filled with dynamics and lovely rolling melodies and countermelodies. The Gibson Brothers dig deep into the gospel roots of American bluegrass on the tightly woven harmonies and excellent phrasing of "Gone Home."

For many years The Gibson Brothers have been steadfast in their songwriting and playing and have released some of the finest little-known more traditional bluegrass records. Iron & Diamonds is certainly no exception, melding all the Americana styles into one beautiful trip down music row. These songs will have you tapping your feet, smiling to yourself at the beauty and simplicity of life presented, and heartbroken with the aching tales they sometimes tell. This is great music with a classic feel that will appeal to bluegrass fans and those looking for something more honest and friendly in their musical diets.

-Embo Blake

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