The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band plays a set June 29 at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and Jesse Brock.
On June 19, the Gibson Brothers announced that Jesse Brock will replace Joe Walsh as the band’s full-time mandolin player.
“We welcome Jesse and wish Joe the best in his future endeavors,” the Gibson Brothers said in a statement.
Walsh announced in April that he would be leaving the band after more than four years on the road and playing on the past three albums recorded at Compass Records in Nashville, including the latest, “They Called It Music.”
Brock is the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year and is no stranger to the Gibson Brothers, having played with them in concerts in the past. He has also played with Lynn Morris, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Chris Jones, and Audie Blaylock and Redline. Brock began playing with his family — the C.W. Brock Family Band — at age 9 and debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville at the age of 11.
While they were contemplating Walsh’s replacement this spring, the Gibson Brothers toured with guest mandolin players such as Jesse Cobb, Sierra Hull and Adam Steffey. Since joining the band, Brock has toured the festival circuit with Eric and Leigh Gibson, bass player Mike Barber and fiddler Clayton Campbell — collectively the 2012 IMBA Entertainers of the Year. Their next gig in New York is Friday, July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, just southwest of Albany.
“We ADORE the Gibson Brothers,” Grey Fox Assistant Director Mary Burdette said in an email. “And I predicted they’d choose Jesse Brock as their new mando player. I knew it. Such a perfect match for everyone.”
The Gibson Brothers will give their main performance at 4 p.m. on the Highmeadow Stage and will be picking and singing with legendary James King, of Virginia, at 7 p.m. at the Creekside Stage with a program called “Our Favorite Songs.”
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival dubs itself “A Who’s Who of Bluegrass in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains.” Running from July 18 to 21, the lineup includes New York bands such as Plattsburgh’s own Beartracks with Junior Barber, father of Gibson Brothers’ bass player Mike Barber and former band member on the dobro. Beartracks plays at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Creekside Stage.
The Who’s Who lineup includes: The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys, The SteelDrivers, Della Mae, Lonesome River Band, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Milk Drive, The Kickin Grass Band, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Band, The Duhks, Joe Walsh, Matt Glaser, and John Kirk & Trish Miller.
The Gibson Brothers grew up in Ellenburg Depot in Clinton County; however, the band members all live in different places today. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is just south of where Leigh Gibson currently lives in Schenectady. Eric lives in Brainardsville south of Chateaugay. Mike lives in Jericho, in the Clinton County town of Altona. Clayton lives in Nashville. And Jesse lives in Bowling Green, Ky.
For more information about the Gibson Brothers, visit online at www.gibsonbrothers.com. For more information about the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, visit online at www.greyfoxbluegrass.com.