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Blues People

Eric Bibb

Stony Plain

Review by David Bowling

 

The music of Eric Bibb can be defined as acoustic blues, Americana, folk or more appropriately a fusion of all three. The music is gentle but  the lyrics many times have an edge and carry a message.

He has just released his newest album titled Blues Power. It is a combination of original compositions and carefully selected covers. They all fit into his theme of exploring the history of African Americans, which all adds up to his most cohesive effort to date.

His own co-written compositions such as “Driftin’ Door To Door,” “God’s Mojo,” “Rosewood,” and “Dream Catchers” keep the focus on his thoughts and stories.

His cover of the Reverend Gary Davis’ “I Heard The Angels Singing” is both subtle and soaring thanks to The Blind Boys Of Alabama. The vocal group re-appears on the traditional “Needed Time,” which also includes vocals by Taj Mahal and Ruthie Foster.

Eric Bibb has created a minor masterpiece as he explores elements of his and America’s heritage. Blues People is a thoughtful and entertaining release, which is a combination that is rarely attained.

 

Rating: ****

 

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