Barry Gibb won the award for best-selling Americana album by a British artist, for Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1 at the UK Americana Awards 2022.
“It’s a wonderful thing! I would really like to thank the UK Americana Awards for recognizing this album,” Gibb said during his acceptance speech at the ceremony. “It’s amazing that this can happen to me at this point in my life. I’m really grateful to a lot of people.
The event, which took place virtually, also awarded Allison Russell International Artist of the Year, while Yola also won British Artist of the Year and British Album from the year for defend myself. Other winners included Brandi Carlile, who won International Song of the Year for “Right On Time,” while Lucinda Williams received an International Lifetime Achievement Award, and Beth Orton and The Long Ryders have both received Trailblazer Awards.
The ceremony featured performances from Russell, as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Amythyst Kiah and Sid Griffin from The Long Ryders.
green fields features a collection of 12 songs, performances by Gibb with duets featuring Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Alison Kraus, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, and more.
Gibb said he got the idea for the album after his son Stephen played him some of Chris Stapleton’s music. “He played me a Chris Stapleton record that blew me away and inspired this album,” said Gibb, who received an honorary Companion of the Order of Australia on January 27 for his contributions to music. Gibb and his brothers Robin and Maurice formed the Bee Gees after emigrating from the UK to Australia in 1958.
“I would also like to thank [producer] Dave Cobb for his passion, patience and wonderful team,” added Gibb. “I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the legendary artists who participated. Making an album like this is a labor of love. Once again, thank you very much.”
Photo by Desiree Prieto.