Birthday Giveaway Five: The Gibson Brothers — They Called It Music

Juli Thanki | July 12th, 2013

Yesterday we gave away Henry Carrigan’s favorite bluegrass album of the year; today, we’re going to give away one of mine. Thanks to Compass Records, we have five copies of They Called It Music, the new album from reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Gibson Brothers, to give away to some E145 readers. How good is this album? The week it came out, I made an offer on my Facebook page to refund the cost of the record to anyone I knew who bought it and, after listening, didn’t enjoy the music. I didn’t have to pay a single cent.

To enter our contest, leave a comment mentioning your favorite live act(s) on this post before 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 15. Winners will be notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.



  1. Brian E. Lambeck
    July 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Love the Gibson Brothers live! Looking forward to their appearance next week at Grey Fox!

  2. Jack Williams
    July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    My favorite live act would be my favorite music artist, which is Richard Thompson. I’ve seen him over 25 times. Full Band, Solo and 1000 Years of Popular Music band. I have purchased every one of his “official live bootleg” albums (about 10). Serious fanboy.

    Some other artists that I think are exceptionally good live: John Hiatt, Steve Forbert, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Alejandro Escovedo, Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings, Elizabeth Cook, Los Lobos, Carolina Chocalate Drops, and Kathleen Edwards.

  3. Rick
    July 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Oooh,Oooh I really want this one! CD’s always sound better than MP3 downloads.

    Favorite live acts: Radney Foster, Chip Taylor, Corb Lund, Fred Eaglesmith, The Chapin Sisters, The Quebe Sisters, cowboy singer Dave Stamey, Chuck Mead, Holly Williams, and the list goes on and on. I wish I could add Amber Digby and Miss Leslie but they’ve never performed in the LA area! DOH!

  4. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    As far as entertainers go, Sugarland is tough to beat. I’ve seen them in concert three times and Jennifer Nettles just leaves everything on the stage. It’s clear she loves and has a deep passion for what she does.

    Kathy Mattea was incredible (somewhat of my new gold standard) and I loved the Dixie Chicks the two times I saw them. Eagles put on a wonderful show, too, and I can’t say enough good things about Zac Brown Band’s musicianship.

    I was able to catch an acoustic evening with Vince Gill when he came around in 2009 and I look forward to seeing him with a full band (or I assume he’ll be with a full band) in about a month.

  5. Donald
    July 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Favourite live acts: of those still living (Hazel and Doc) and performing (The Brothers O), if is difficult to beat the skill and manner of AKUS. Others mentioned Fred and Dave Alvin, and I would concur. Off the beaten track, John Wort Hannam and Maria Dunn have never let me down. Within the bluegrass world, hard to beat Dale Ann, Chris Jones, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, or David Davis & the Warrior River Boys. James Reams, too.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    July 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    probably Narvel Felts, a terrific performer and one of the most fan-friendly artists ever

  7. Ron
    July 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Wow, so many. Rather than just throw out a list, I’ll just mention Robbie Fulks as someone who I love as a solo performer. Good stories, a bit of humor and of course, great songs and guitar playing.

  8. plain_jo
    July 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The first one that comes to mind is the Steel Wheels. Rain in the Valley, blows me away everytime I hear it but the live experience is exhilerating and breathtaking!

  9. Doug Gilliland
    July 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Marty Stuart and the FS; Shawn Camp and Friends at the Station Inn!

  10. Sheila Pollak
    July 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Sam Bush

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