Fresh from last night's IBMA Awards, where the Gibson Brothers took home Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year honors, the group made their way from Memorial Auditorium for a celebratory set at the Lincoln Theatre. Perhaps with more pep in their step than normal, they smoked through a 45-minute bunch of tunes to an adoring and packed audience. Despite Leigh Gibson claiming to be under the weather, he fooled us by belting out several solid numbers with brother Eric adding harmonies. They did not play the title song to their IBMA-nominated album of the year, They Call It Music
, but it hardly mattered, as they turned in one of the strongest sets of the festival.
It might have been after midnight when he took the stage, but sure as sunshine, the biggest smile in bluegrass, that of Del McCoury, eventually emerged at the Lincoln. Flanked by his usual picking partners, he was also joined on stage by a few guests including Steve Thomas, Sierra Hull and Eric Gibson. There was no written set list, as ideas were thrown around between most every tune. Instrumental tunes glowed, with as many as three fiddles and two banjos playing at the same time. As the McCoury Band reached into their bag of songs to play the title track to their latest album, Streets of Baltimore
, Del showed no signs of slowing down, in spite of the hour.
Gibson Brothers, "Red Letter Day"
Gibson Brothers, "Ophelia"
Del McCoury Band, "Streets of Baltimore"
Del McCoury Band, "You'll Find Her Name Written There"