Jericho Road

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532137027
  • Catalog Number: 321370
  • Sales rank: 37,371

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
Michael Bishop Mastering
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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