Bluegrass royalty the Gibson Brother will bring their Mockingbird Band, and the new retro sounds from their latest album, to the downtown Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Leigh and Eric Gibson step into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout “Mockingbird,” the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. The celebrated bluegrass duo — named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 — played the Nashville game two decades ago, while in their early 20s, and were offered a major label deal, only to be told at the last minute that they were too "retro" for modern country music. Today, such characterizations, along with their authenticity, set them apart.

A mix of country, soul and ‘70s rock, the album further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they harmonize as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting.

Coloring outside the lines is not unfamiliar to the Gibson Brothers. As Northerners growing up in a Southern business, they had to work twice as hard as the bands to achieve the success they had … and were the first from that far north to carve a path to IBMA Entertainers of the Year. “Mockingbird” is an album and a sound that exemplifies the sibling bond and is poised to introduce them to an entirely new audience.

Tickets for the concert are $28 in advance, $32 day of show. The lobby and balcony bars will be open for those age 21 and older. For more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or