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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Eric Bibb resides right outside of the crossroads where blues, folk, and gospel meet. His songs are elevating but not preachy, gritty but not nasty. It's a congenial music, as if to say that it may be the blues but it doesn't have to be a bummer. And it's a moralistic music, but its meaningful message is never delivered in a saccharine manner. Slide guitars and harmonicas wail, choirs holler, horns blare, tambourines get shaken, steel guitars twang, strings soothe, Wurlitzers whirl, and Bibb, acoustic guitar in hand, keeps 'em all honest with his earthy, Everyman songs. Like Taj Mahal, who has guested on Bibb's recordings, Bibb is in love with the roots of Americana, but,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Eric Bibb resides right outside of the crossroads where blues, folk, and gospel meet. His songs are elevating but not preachy, gritty but not nasty. It's a congenial music, as if to say that it may be the blues but it doesn't have to be a bummer. And it's a moralistic music, but its meaningful message is never delivered in a saccharine manner. Slide guitars and harmonicas wail, choirs holler, horns blare, tambourines get shaken, steel guitars twang, strings soothe, Wurlitzers whirl, and Bibb, acoustic guitar in hand, keeps 'em all honest with his earthy, Everyman songs. Like Taj Mahal, who has guested on Bibb's recordings, Bibb is in love with the roots of Americana, but, again like Taj, there's nothing self-conscious or stylized about his approach. On the soul ballad "If Our Hearts Ain't in It," which features Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar, he castigates phony religiosity, but even then it's not a condemnation: "We can fall down on our knees, shout 'Hallelujah, my soul is saved!'/But if our hearts ain't in it, ain't nothin' much is gonna change." "Stayed on Freedom," just Bibb on vocal and acoustic with Grant Dermody blowing harp, is a traditional spiritual turned civil rights anthem that delivers the simplest truth in a simple package, and "Pockets" is a country blues love tune set to an easygoing shuffle. A particular highlight is the deep blues "Conversation," a duet with the vocalist Ruthie Foster. A slow builder, it begins sparsely but subtly intensifies as Dermody's harmonica and a trio of trombone, saxophone, and trumpet assert themselves into the tune. Best of all, perhaps, is the opener, "Spirit I Am," a rousing, thumping, oversized shout-out to all that is good and right in a world that, more and more, has us all wondering what's real and what isn't and where we all fit in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408367526
  • Catalog Number: 83675
  • Sales rank: 88,289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spirit I Am (3:42)
  2. 2 The Promised Land (2:52)
  3. 3 New Beale Street Blues (3:46)
  4. 4 Get Onboard (3:27)
  5. 5 If Our Hearts Ain't in It (4:32)
  6. 6 Pockets (3:47)
  7. 7 River Blues (3:04)
  8. 8 Deep in My Soul (2:47)
  9. 9 Conversation (4:02)
  10. 10 God's Kingdom (2:47)
  11. 11 Step by Step (3:48)
  12. 12 Stayed on Freedom (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Bibb Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Hand Clapping, Guitar (Tremolo), Guitar (Baritone)
Bonnie Raitt Slide Guitar
Javier Solís Drums, Tambourine
Chuck Anthony Electric Guitar
Grant Dermody Harmonica
Orville Johnson Mandolin
Tommy Sims Guitar, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Acoustic Bass
Nikki Leonti Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Andreas Andersson Clarinet, Saxophone
Glen Scott Organ, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Melodica, Hand Clapping, Acoustic Bass, Wurlitzer, Wind Chimes, Mini Moog, Pianette
Darick Campbell Lap Steel Guitar
Ruthie Foster Vocals
Johan Lindström Lap Steel Guitar
Staffan Findin Trombone, Bass Trombone
Clive Barnes Lap Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Danny Duncan Engineer
Tom Corwin Engineer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Eric Bibb Arranger, Composer, Author
Brian Jensen Cover Photo
Bruno Boussard Artwork
Glen Scott Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Ruthie Foster Duet
Andreas Olsson Horn Arrangements
Erik Arvinder String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funky folk/Blues...cool!

    I am a first time listener to Eric Bibb. I find his music to be pretty darn good! I heard some bits from "Get on Board" on a Bose system demo, and thought wow, I want to seek this out. I like to broaden my musical appreciation, and this certainly gains my respect and help me ease into a genre I normally am not submersed in. His lyrics are quite soulful and music sounds fresh, not dry as I find some music in this genre to be. I will certainly be looking for more from Eric Bibb in the future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I confess I really like Eric Bibb. I think he is talented beyond belief. Unfortunately on this album the person mixing the tracks is the same person who pulls next to you on the road and there trunk is flexing from the excess bass. I have yet to make it through this album before turning it off due to poor mixing. He has better offerings

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