Year three of Raleigh’s “World of Bluegrass” era continues coming together with Wednesday’s announcement that the Gibson Brothers will host its awards show.
The New York-born brother act be at the podium on Oct. 1 at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium to oversee the 26th International Bluegrass Music Awards show, which is part of IBMA’s annual business convention.
Eric and Leigh Gibson follow last year’s co-host pairing of Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, and 2013 hosts the Steep Canyon Rangers. The Gibsons themselves have won plenty of IBMA statues themselves -- 11 over the years, starting with Emerging Artist in 1998.
Since then, they’ve won IBMA entertainer of the year twice, in 2012 and 2013. They’ve also shared two IBMA awards with local musician Joe Newberry, 2012 gospel recorded performance and song of the year for 2013.
“I think that’s gonna be great,” Newberry said of the Gibsons’ selection. “They’ve really put in the work and they’re great guys, really good ambassadors for bluegrass. They grew up country boys on a farm in upstate New York, which speaks volumes to the reach of bluegrass. It started in Kentucky, but boy if it didn’t make its way everywhere.”
Nominees for the IBMA Awards will be announced on Aug. 12.