The Gibson Brothers Hit A Home Run

Photo by Joan Harrison

Last night, Saturday, April 26th, the City of Poughkeepsie got the treat of lifetime when the multi-award winning band, The Gibson Brothers, filled the Carroll Street Church with their un-matchable bluegrass sound, lyrics, energy, and humor to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association! How lucky each and every one of us was to be a part of such a memorable evening.

As if there are only twenty reasons that I could give for what makes Leigh and Eric Gibson and their talented band members so great, in honor of HVBA’s special 20th Anniversary occasion, I’m just going to plough (no farming pun intended) ahead, and tell you what the top 20 ones are:

Drum roll, please ...

Number 20: As they've grown up near the Canadian border, both Leigh and Eric have names that flout the silly American English rule, “i" before "e" except after c.”

Number 19: They have the best band banter around and had no qualms about confessing that such talk is nothing more than an obvioius diversion while the musicians tune their instruments.

Showcase: Long Steel Rail

Don't Miss This One!

Long Steel Rail—Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Americana: an eclectic blend of amped-up acoustic roots music: "Any-thang with a Twang."

Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
When: Friday, March 28 Time: Open Jam at 6:30pm - Concert begins at 7:30pm
Tickets: At the door (all money goes to musicians)

Long Steel Rail cultivates and extends the traditions of American Acoustic Roots music sitting at the confluence of many different streams of musical sensibility. They deliver a distinctive and infectious blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Classic Country and String Band music, tinged with Swing, Irish, Blues, Rockabilly and other ingredients that spice up the rich gumbo of American music. Traditional instrumentation is combined with a contemporary sensibility and material is drawn from the whole gamut in between.

Looking Back on 20 Years of Success

By Jeff Anzevino, HVBA Founder

As the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association begins its third decade, I’d like to take this opportunity to look back 20 years and share with you—our members—how it all began. But the story dates a bit farther back.

In September 1991 I moved to the Hudson Valley. I landed here without knowing a soul except the few people who interviewed me for a job—the job I still hold 22 years later. As a resophonic guitarist in search of other musicians I sought out jam sessions. At the first jam, in New Paltz, I met mandolinist Mira Fink. She said, “you must meet my friend, Jim Conklin” and put us in touch. At the time, the now departed Jim Conklin played banjo and he and I spent many hours trading tunes. It wasn’t long, sometime in 1992, that Jim introduced me to Rich Hines, who quickly became my musical collaborator and longtime friend.

Bluegrass At Marist CLS

Two years ago, HVBA ran a six-week class for Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Study on The Evolution of Bluegrass, which proved to be a smash hit. CLS is a continuing-education program for seniors, with courses ranging from Drawing and Painting to The History of Computing. It proved to be an excellent venue for the HVBA to help carry out its mission to inform others about bluegrass and to cultivate interest in the genre.

Gibson Brothers Celebrate HVBA's 20th!

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Tickets Available At The Door

Blowout celebration of our 20th Anniversary with The Gibson Brothers!!!!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Time: 7:30pm
Member Tickets: $25
Non-Member Tickets:     $30

This Gibson Brothers are an unstoppable force in the Bluegrass World! In 2013, the IBMA (voted by their peers) acknowledged them as the BEST for their excellence in the following categories:

Instrumental Group Of The Year
Vocal Group of The Year
Song Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year (Eric Gibson)

These were definitely not their first wins at the IBMA Award Ceremony.  In 2012, they were named Entertainer Of The Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of The Year. In 2011, they won for Vocal Group of The Year and Album of the Year. And in 2010 they won for Song of the Year!

We could go on and on, but you have to see them to understand why the bluegrass community so loves this talented and very special group of musicians.

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