Posted by myork1 on Saturday, December 7, 2013
Working on a contribution column for a future BHO newsletter I had the opportunity to interview Eric Gibson this week. He of the Brothers Gibson who by now have again cleared off more shelf space to hold all those awards...Back-to-back IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Performance, Songwriter, #1 Album, #1 Song, etc. etc. I was literally captivated hearing Eric speak of how he came to love this music as a child and his influences growing up and how his feeling as a "failure" at guitar and seeing Roy Clark on Hee-Haw led him to pursue the banjo. It was a fascinating hour listening to his PASSION for music (That's it right...They Called It MUSIC) and playing, and a genuine humility and appreciation for what he's able to do with brother Leigh and how much he enjoys it.
Look for that interview coming soon to a BHO newsletter near you.
In the meantime, Eric's now a Hangout MEMBER so drop in, make him a friend and let him know if you love what the Gibson Brothers are doing. Thanks Eric!
P.S. While most every banjo player names Earl as an early influence, what was YOUR BREAKTHRU BANJO MOMENT? I've heard Bela talk about seeing the Beverly Hillbillies on TV and being captivated by the banjo. John McEuen told me about walking into a California nightspot and hearing the Dillards, Eric talked about ROY CLARK and how it inspired him as a singer and musician...Got a SEMINAL MOMENT or LIGHTNING STRIKE that caused YOU to wanna play BANJO? Just posted this entry as a forum to find out.
Monday, December 9, 2013 @8:22:53 AM
To begin with, I guess I can blame it all on "Earl"....and also to discover that my grandparents, on each side of the family tree, picked banjo...I figured I was destined!!! Then I heard Grandpa Jones doing the clawhammer thing and about the same time, discovering an old family friend who played clawhammer style....he taught me Ole Rattler.....
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