Red Letter Day

Red Letter Day

by The Gibson BrothersThe Gibson Brothers


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With Red Letter Day, Eric and Leigh Gibson take their place among the bluegrass elite. This is a complete, and completely realized, work of art, comprising beautifully crafted originals, breathtaking arrangements, vocals that burn with conviction and soul, and a choice selection of cover songs. Representing the latter category is Don Gibson's "Lonesome Number One," which gets a dramatic, driving treatment as the album opener; a hard-charging bluegrass version of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman"; and Bobby and Shirley Jean Womack's "The Last Time," an early Rolling Stones hit that the Gibsons cast in fiery, high lonesome style, with fiddler Jason Carter and mandolinist Ronnie McCoury (both of the Del McCoury Band) providing the instrumental spark behind Eric Gibson's soaring vocal. Red Letter Day's calling card, however, is the brothers' coming-of-age as songwriters. Eric's strutting "Walking with Joanna" is a concise, energetic portrait of a man who willingly forsakes his sinning ways in order to win the girl of his dreams but pleads with God for time to make the turnaround so that Joanna will "see me in a way / That only death can do us part." Leigh's tribute to an authentic Civil War veteran, "Sam Smith," briefly echoes Steve Earle's "Dixieland" at its opening but moves on to recount the reclusive, cranky existence of a man wed to the earth and simple ways, Leigh's sturdy voice imbuing the tale with palpable feeling. With Carter and McCoury sitting in on most cuts, and stalwart bassist Mike Barber keeping the unfailing pulse, the instrumental work is impeccable and emotionally resonant throughout. Red letter day, indeed -- the Gibson Brothers have stepped up, big time.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891400228
catalogNumber: 4002
Rank: 119353

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gibson Brothers   Primary Artist
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Mandola
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Steel Guitar,wah wah guitar
Andrea Zonn   Vocal Harmony
Sam Zucchini   Percussion
Josh Williams & High Gear   Mandolin
Eric Gibson   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Leigh Gibson   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Marc MacGlashan   Mandolin
Mike Barber   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
John Hadley   Composer
Fred Moore   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Shirley Jean Womack   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eric Gibson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Leigh Gibson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Mike Barber   Producer

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