Painting Signs

Painting Signs

by Eric Bibb
     
 
With Painting Signs, Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down" and a cover of "Hope in a

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With Painting Signs, Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down" and a cover of "Hope in a Hopeless World" hammer home his message of individual freedom and the responsibilities that accompany it. (It's no coincidence that Pops Staples, to whom Bibb dedicates this album, once recorded the latter song.) That's not to say Painting Signs is overly didactic or, indeed, "heavy" in any way; even the most serious songs here, like the plea for peace and unity "Got To Do Better," are leavened by a musical backdrop that's soulful and immediately accessible. Gospel-leaning backing vocals by Linda Tillery and her Cultural Heritage Choir help flesh out several cuts, and robust accordion fills by Bibb's longtime accompanist Janne Petersson add a subtle Louisiana flavor to the rolling, propulsive "Kokomo" and, to surprisingly good effect, the deep-grooved version of Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do." Elsewhere, he keeps a minimalist tone dominated by acoustic guitar, an arrangement that's particularly mesmerizing on the chilling title track. With its emphasis on sophisticated songcraft and its gentle blend of folk, gospel, and country influences, Painting Signs presents Bibb as an artist intent on blurring the line between blues and "roots music" in general.

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Billboard
Bibb possesses one of the most distinctive sounds among today's blues players...

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Pure Pleasure
UPC:
5060149620410
catalogNumber:
4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Linda Tillery   Background Vocals
Wilson Pickett   Vocals
Hans Theessink   Mandolin
Chuck Anthony   Guitar
Dave Bronze   Bass,Background Vocals
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar
Rafael Sida   Percussion
Steve Simpson   Mandolin
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Richard Studholme   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Rokeach   Drums
Björn Gideonsson   Percussion,Drums
Christer Lyssarides   Dobro
Elouise Burrell   Background Vocals
Cultural Heritage Choir   Track Performer
Rhonda Benin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Dave Bronze   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Tic Tac
Alan Robinson   Executive Producer
Richard Studholme   Engineer
Ewart Abner   Composer
John Haxby   Photo Manipulation
Maureen McCready-Glassman   Logistics
Becky Wagley   Art Direction

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