The Gibson Brothers Darkest Hour
Release Date: January 27, 2023
Label: Bull Run
The Gibson Brothers have had their greatest success in the world of bluegrass, but their talent knows no bounds. Songwriting is at the core of who they are, and on Darkest Hour they deliver 12 tracks that they either wrote or co-wrote and produced by Jerry Douglas.
The Gibson Brothers are the real deal. They can pick. They can sing. And they can write a damn good country song. Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall was always an early supporter, encouraging their writing, and predicting success. They’ve won about every bluegrass award you can name and released albums on almost every premier Americana label you can think of, and, if that’s not enough, their songs have been recorded by bluegrass legends no less than Del McCoury. It’s a resume almost anybody in country music would be proud to have. Their latest album, Darkest Hour, produced by dobro master Jerry Douglas, might be their best work to date.
The majority of this album was recorded with a standard bluegrass configuration, but a few of the tracks have lap steel, percussion, and electric guitar masterfully blended together by Douglas. They began work on this album just before the world shut down in March 2020. They were able to record six tracks in those sessions, it took well over a year before they gathered again to complete the album. If there is any upside to the delay, it would be that the downtime gave them a chance to write a few new tunes that made it into the second round of recording. This album has it all--great songs, unmatched vocals, and incredible musicians.