It Was A Good Night for (Mostly) Traditional Bluegrass

Last summer, I enjoyed seeing The Gibson Brothers at the Freshgrass Festival (an amazing bluegrass festival, for those of you who are interested) so much that when their recent show at Johnny D’s was announced, I knew I had to see them again.

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers

It was a bonus to find Twisted Pine, winner of the Freshgrass best band contest, opening the show for the Gibsons.

Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine

The band came to the stage sporting business suits and colorful ties; this is not uncommon for bluegrass and jazz bands, who tend to dress up more than other types of musicians.

Eric Gibson and Leigh Gibson

Eric Gibson and Leigh Gibson

The Gibsons are a traditional bluegrass band but they are much more than that. Eric Gibson, who plays mandolin and guitar, and Leigh Gibson, who plays guitar, sing some of the sweetest harmonies I have ever heard.

Eric Gibson

Eric Gibson

Leigh Gibson

Leigh Gibson

The other members of the band are Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle, and Jesse Brock on mandolin and backing vocals. They may not be related, but their chemistry as a band is so terrific that it is easy to imagine that they are actually all brothers.

Mike Barber

Mike Barber

Clayton Campbell

Clayton Campbell

Jesse Brock

Jesse Brock

Fresh on the heels of their most recent release, Brotherhood, they performed some songs from that album which is a tribute to some of the brother groups that have influenced them – Louvin, Everly, and Righteous (who were not related by birth) Brothers.

Clayton Campbell and Eric Gibson

Clayton Campbell and Eric Gibson

Eric and Leigh bantered throughout the show, something that they did not do when I saw them last summer.  There was some brotherly teasing, but they clearly respect and love each other.

Eric Gibson

Eric Gibson

Leigh Gibson

Leigh Gibson

The Gibson Brothers are one heck of a tight band; if you are a fan of bluegrass, you should enjoy them.

What a thrill to see Twisted Pine open the show! I have seen them perform a number of times, and always enjoy them. Ricky Mier on banjo (he won the gold medal as best banjo at the Freshgrass Festival last year), Kathleen Parks on fiddle and vocals, Adam Moore on bass and vocals, Rachel Sumner on guitar and vocals, and Dan Bui on mandolin comprise Twisted Pine.

Ricky Mier and Kathleen Parks

Ricky Mier and Kathleen Parks

Adam Moore and Rachel Sumner

Adam Moore and Rachel Sumner

Dan Bui

Dan Bui

They are just getting started with what should be a long and successful career, and I feel lucky to have gotten in on the ground floor with them. They have their own twist on traditional bluegrass; it is not quite the ‘bluegrass on speed’ of Trampled by Turtles, but at times they play just as fast.

Ricky Mier

Ricky Mier

One of the things I enjoy most about bluegrass is that the music is pure; the instruments may be amplified, but there is not much manipulation of the sounds they produce.  The improvisation most bands do highlights the quality of the musicianship, which both these bands have.  This show was well worth seeing.

Ticket courtesy of Johnny D’s; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on March 31, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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