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Gibson Brothers hire new mandolin player

Band returns to NY July 19 for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band plays a set June 29 at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and Jesse Brock.

The Gibson Brothers bluegrass band plays a set June 29 at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, Vt. From left are Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Mike Barber and Jesse Brock. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The North Country’s own Gibson Brothers bluegrass band will return to New York state for performances July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival with a new mandolin player.

On June 19, the Gibson Brothers announced that Jesse Brock will replace Joe Walsh as the band’s full-time mandolin player.

“We welcome Jesse and wish Joe the best in his future endeavors,” the Gibson Brothers said in a statement.

Walsh announced in April that he would be leaving the band after more than four years on the road and playing on the past three albums recorded at Compass Records in Nashville, including the latest, “They Called It Music.”

Brock is the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year and is no stranger to the Gibson Brothers, having played with them in concerts in the past. He has also played with Lynn Morris, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Chris Jones, and Audie Blaylock and Redline. Brock began playing with his family — the C.W. Brock Family Band — at age 9 and debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville at the age of 11.

While they were contemplating Walsh’s replacement this spring, the Gibson Brothers toured with guest mandolin players such as Jesse Cobb, Sierra Hull and Adam Steffey. Since joining the band, Brock has toured the festival circuit with Eric and Leigh Gibson, bass player Mike Barber and fiddler Clayton Campbell — collectively the 2012 IMBA Entertainers of the Year. Their next gig in New York is Friday, July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, just southwest of Albany.

“We ADORE the Gibson Brothers,” Grey Fox Assistant Director Mary Burdette said in an email. “And I predicted they’d choose Jesse Brock as their new mando player. I knew it. Such a perfect match for everyone.”

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