Jericho Road

Jericho Road

by Eric Bibb
     
 

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Eric Bibb's version of the blues has always been patient and positive, and his best songs and tracks are calm, wise, hushed, unhurried, and elegant, more concerned with solutions than darkness and despair, a vision that makes him the spiritual descendant of Blind Willie Johnson, say, more than Robert

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Eric Bibb's version of the blues has always been patient and positive, and his best songs and tracks are calm, wise, hushed, unhurried, and elegant, more concerned with solutions than darkness and despair, a vision that makes him the spiritual descendant of Blind Willie Johnson, say, more than Robert Johnson. Bibb isn't about to go down to the crossroads and make some deal with the devil. His version of folk-blues isn't about that sort of stuff. It's closer to gospel in tone, with a strong commitment to betterment and change, bereft of personal demons, and filled instead with cultural ones. Bibb wants us to have a heart and work together and fix things between us on a global level. All of this could well make his music precious and preachy rather than poignant, but Bibb is adept at making his version of the blues, social discourse and all, work as smoothly as a gentle rain on the roof at night. Jericho Road, which finds Bibb working once again with longtime collaborator, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Glen Scott, isn't much of a departure from Bibb's previous outings, but it's sonically deeper, with a full, warm sound augmented at times by wonderfully placed maverick horn and string touches. The message is the same, that we need redemption and commitment in our lives, and that true freedom is born of that. The whole album feels comfortable, patient, and wise, from the opener, "Drinkin' Gourd," through the bright, buoyant "Freedom Train," "Have a Heart," the lovely "They Know," and the joyous secular gospel shuffle "She Got Mine." There aren't any jagged edges. Bibb is about healing scars, not outlining and celebrating them. The blues is what you make of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532137027
catalogNumber:
321370
Rank:
67344

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Kalimba,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Resonator)
Linda Tillery   Background Vocals
Chuck Anthony   Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar
Grant Dermody   Harmonica
Neville Malcolm   Bass,Hand Clapping,Upright Bass
Victor Wooten   Bass
Ale Möller   Clarino
Cyndee Peters   Vocals
Andre de Lange   Vocals,Background Vocals
Goran Kajfes   Soloist
Glen Scott   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Cymbals,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Djembe,Hammond B3
Staffan Astner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Wojtek Goral   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Solo Cissokho   Vocals,Kora
Ruthie Foster   Vocals
Patrik Skogh   Trumpet
Samantha Banks   Spoons
Olli Haavisto   Dobro
Stefan Persson   Trumpet
Jerry Brown   Drums,Hand Clapping,Shaker
Erik Arvinder   Conductor
Bengt Skogholt   Background Vocals
Jenny Bohman   Harmonica
Tammi Brown   Background Vocals
Oscar Winberg   Electric Guitar
Julian Wiggins   Accordion,Penny Whistle
Magnus Wiklund   Trombone,Drums
Paris Renita   Background Vocals
Sessions Horns Sweden   Horn
Sara Bergkvist   Background Vocals
Oscar Bibb   Vocals
Mamadou Sene   Vocals
Chinika Simon   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Anthony   Composer
Eric Bibb   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Bruno Boussard   Artwork
Glen Scott   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Solo Cissokho   Composer
Erik Arvinder   String Arrangements
Philippe Langlois   Executive Producer
Oscar Winberg   Engineer
Sam Keyte   Engineer

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