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by Eric Bibb
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
03/11/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408367526
catalogNumber:
83675
Rank:
125471

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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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