FTC gets rooted with the takeover of Bluegrass at StageOne

The Fairfield Theatre Company will welcome a weekend of some of the best American roots music to their StageOne venue as they welcome the California based Poor Man’s Whiskey and New York’s own Gibson Brothers to their intimate venue the weekend of September 13.

Making their way back to the East Coast, the Northern California based songsters have an extraordinary reputation for their high-energy shows; integrating bluegrass  with old time southern rock with that of new school jam as well as a new age bluegrass sound that needs to be heard to fully comprehend.

But, yet what make these songsters even more extraordinary may be their various and odd backgrounds. Banjo/Guitar/Piano player and lead vocalist Josh Brough studied flamenco guitar in Spain before joining the Peace Corps El Salvador. Bass player Aspen Stevenson was once a DJ in a roller rink, and guitarist Sean Lehe began writing and recording his own music on a 4 track recorder at the age of 12. Seriously, how many people even know what a 4 track recorder is now?

These songsters carry these unique experiences on their sleeve and continue to turn heads and tickle audiences ears wherever they perform, including some of the country’s biggest music festivals including High Sierra, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, by pulling equally from deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers, and zany on-stage hijinks, that has lead their shows to be categorized as a “High-Octane Hootenanny”.

Having become a fan favorite at FTC’s intimate StageOne venue, where they’ve covered a set of Allman Brothers tunes in the past, as well as one of the greatest bluegrass albums ever, Old & In The Way, Poor Man’s Whiskey now returns to FTC with two special nights of music.

The First night on September 11 will feature a set of their own material followed by a set entitled Dark Side of the Moonshine; dedicated to Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon. Get ready to hear your favorite Dark Side songs include “Time”, “Money”, “Brain Damage” all done with a unique bluegrass feel.

And if Pink Floyd isn’t your thing then make sure you’re at FTC on September 12, as  Poor Man’s Whiskey brings something brand new to StageOne. Just as on the 11th they will grace a rambunctious crowd with a set of original material, but on this night they will tackle local musical legend Paul Simon’s Graceland, that must be heard to fully fathom the uniqueness of what they have accomplished.

Gibson Brothers band

Gibson Brothers band

But that’s just the beginning; FTC is thrilled to welcome the upstate New York bluegrass group, The Gibson Brothers on Sunday September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Gibson Brothers are made up of two talented brothers and a father-and-son team who deliver a close-knit harmony without a hitch. The brothers are writer, banjoist, and vocalist Eric Gibson and writer, guitarist, and vocalist Leigh Gibson. Brothers Leigh and Eric began performing before their teens, playing gospel instrumentals in the local church. They added singing harmonies to their act when they were around 16.

In 1994, as a group of four, the Gibson Brothers recorded their debut album, Underneath a Harvest Moon. The album featured tunes including “Your Man in the Middle,” “I Never Was Too Much,” and “Tears of Yesterday.” Since then the  group’s music moves from fun and energetic to serious and deliberate, stirring in classic bluegrass and roots country in a way that makes each song original and the style all Gibson Brothers.

A performance at Owensboro, KY in 1995 landed the group a contract with Hay Holler Records. A year later, the Gibson Brothers released Long Forgotten Dream, that included the songs “Good as Gold,” “Little Man in the Mirror,” and “I Don’t Know What to Do”.  The album well so well received by the American roots and bluegrass masses that it earn them place on the bluegrass charts, holding ground there for months. The title song made it into the Top 30 Survey for the Bluegrass Unlimited chart, reaching number ten.

It wasn’t long till The Gibson Brothers were named the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. Since then they have continued to contribute their special blend of bluegrass to the classic genre by delivering gorgeous acoustic music with the finesse that only comes from decades of experience thru their uncanny ability to blend the classic and the modern, with that of the traditional.

Come witness for yourself as The Gibson Brothers capture the exhilarating energy and impeccable musicianship that captivate the crowds of the American rooted bluegrass music, and see how they have honed their harmonies since childhood to become one of the most talked about bluegrass bands in the country and why Del McCoury has said “…when I hear someone like the Gibson brothers, I know it’s them from the first note. They have that little thing in their voices that no one else has…”

Head down and join the Fairfield Theatre Company as they welcome these incredible songsters to StageOne for a weekend of music that is rooted in America and brace yourself for an all-out foot-stomping good time as Poor Man’s Whiskey and the Gibson Brothers bring their “High Octane Hootenanny” to Fairfield County.

For tickets, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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