|Eric Bibb — Jericho Road |
Eric Bibb — Jericho Road
♠ New York singer/songwriter and guitarist at the forefront of the 1990s country-blues revival.
Related artists: Keb´ Mo´, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Diug MacLeod, Guy Davis, B.B. King, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Sugar Ray's Flying Fortress, Delta Maid, Big Bill & Cool Tones, Corey Harris
Born: August 16, 1951 in New York, NY
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Styles: Contemporary Blues/Modern Electric Blues/Folk-Blues/Modern Acoustic Blues
Album release: November 5, 2013/Oct 8th in France*
Record Label: Stony Plain Records
01. Drinkin’ Gourd (3:03)
02. Freedom Train (3:26)
03. Let The Mothers Step Up (3:32)
04. Have A Heart (4:30)
05. The Right Thing (4:10)
06. Death Row Blues (3:45)
07. Can’t Please Everybody (4:35)
08. The Lord’s Work (3:30)
09. With My Maker I Am One (4:37)
10. They Know (4:06)
11. She Got Mine (2:32)
12. Good Like You (4:24)
13. One Day At A Time (2:54)
14. Now (4:47)
15. Nanibali (4:27)
16. Currency Of Love (Bonus Track) (3:45)
*Notes: Released in Australia through ABC Music digitally Oct 25th and physically November 4th.
♠ With this new effort, Eric Bibb gives a personal vision of today’s world in his own poetic and contemporary way. Born and raised in New York, Bibb has traveled the planet extensively. He describes the people of this earth at length here, conjuring their conflicts and hardships, as well as their compassion, tolerance and empathy. “Jericho Road” was produced by Glen Scott, a young Englishman originally from Jamaica endowed with outstanding talent and creativity. Scott’s lavish musical arrangements and attention to sound make this new recording an exceptionally fine production. Eric gives a whole new meaning to the blues of the 21st Century, proving that the genre remains as lively and relevant as ever. Jericho Road is an event in itself, and a superlative album. (Fortaken: http://www.bluesweb.com/)
♠ EDMONTON, AB — Stony Plain Records announces a November 5 release date for Jericho Road, the new CD from multi-award winning singer/songwriter Eric Bibb. The latest album from Bibb is a masterful collection of 13 songs and two bonus tracks that solidifies his journey as a true story-teller, where blues, folk and world music intersect at a musical crossroads.
♠ “The new record is an ambitious studio project that’s been a few years in the making,” says Eric Bibb about Jericho Road. “It was produced by Glen Scott, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, arranger and producer, who I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with on several earlier albums. This record reflects many of the musical influences that have informed my writing throughout my career. World music sounds, blues, folk and soul all find their way into these songs.
♠ “The title refers to the road between Jerusalem and Jericho where the Good Samaritan, a traveler of a despised race, stopped to help a stranger in need after better-off religious leaders had passed by and done nothing. On April 3, 1968, the night before his death, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King urged us to follow the example of the Good Samaritan, saying: ‘Ultimately, you cannot save yourself without saving others.’ If this record has a theme, that’s it in a nutshell: have a heart.”
♠ The all original tunes that comprise Jericho Road feature a number of songs co-written by Eric Bibb and Glen Scott, who also contributed musical backing on several instruments throughout the sessions. The two bonus tracks are “Now,” co-written by Bibb and Ernie McNally, and “Nanibali,” written and performed on vocal and kora by Solo Cissokho.
♠ “My dear friend Ernie McNally gifted the world with these beautiful lyrics that inspired this call for a new world,” writes Bibb in the liner notes about “Now.” “Stylistically, this song stuck out from the others on the album, but the divine vocals from the wonderful Linda Tillery and Tammi Brown, Glen’s rhapsodic, churchy piano and the soulful trumpet sounds from Goran Kajfes compelled me to include it as a bonus track.
♠ “Composed, sung and played by Solo Cissokho, ‘Nanibali’ is, for me, the perfect ending of the Jericho Road journey,” Bibb adds. “This thrilling performance by a modern West African griot celebrates unity, understanding and love between all members of the global community.”
♠ Jericho Road is Eric Bibb’s third album for Stony Plain and follows Deeper in the Well, which was nominated for two Blues Music Awards (winning him the 2013 honor for “Acoustic Artist”); and Brothers in Bamako, the critically-acclaimed pairing of Bibb and West African singer/guitarist Habib Koité (pronounced “Ha-beeb Kwa-tay”).
♠ “Travelling over land and sea, playing and singing to audiences large and small, has blessed me with countless opportunities to observe and befriend people from all over the world,” observes Bibb in the new album’s liner notes. “Through the years I’ve discovered that while the human tribe is wonderfully diverse, we are not all that different from one another.
♠ “Given all this exposure to so many cultures, I’m amazed, over and over again, at the prejudiced attitudes and the tendency to judge that linger in my own thinking. Making assumptions about people based on appearance is what we’ve all been conditioned to do, and falling into that trap is surely a big part of what keeps us in conflict with each other. Every time I catch myself going there I shake my head and hope that I’ve learned my lesson. Sometimes, the experience will lead to a new song.
♠ “Musically, the songs that we’ve written for this record reflect many of the influences that have inspired us throughout our careers,” he continues. “World music sounds, blues, folk, soul and jazz flavors all find their way into the grooves.”
♠ For more information, visit www.stonyplainrecords.com
♠ Un très bel album de blues à dominante acoustique parfumé de multiples influences world music grâce à la présence d'invités très nombreux et d'origines variées.
Select studio albums:
• Eric Bibb: Seans the best (1972)
• Eric Bibb: Sean bibb (1977)
• Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: Olikalikadant (1978)
• Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: April Fools (1979)
• Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: River Road (1980)
• Eric Bibb & Friends: Songs For Peace (1982)
• Bert Deivert & Eric Bibb: Hello Stranger (1983)
• Eric Bibb: Golden Apples Of The Sun (1983)
• Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: A Collection Of Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb (1993)
• Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Spirit & The Blues (1994)
• Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Good Stuff (1997)
• Eric Bibb: Me To You (1997)
• Eric Bibb: Home To Me (1999)
• Eric Bibb: Roadworks (1999)
• Eric Bibb: Just Like Love (2000)
• Eric Bibb: Painting Signs (2001)
• Leon & Eric Bibb: A Family Affair (2002)
• Eric Bibb: Natural Light (2003)
• Eric Bibb, Rory Block, & Maria Muldaur: Sisters & Brothers (2004)
• Eric Bibb & Friends: Friends (2004)
• Eric Bibb: A Ship Called Love (2005)
• Leon & Eric Bibb: Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson (2006)
• Eric Bibb: Diamond Days (2006)
• Eric Bibb: 12 Gates To The City (2006)
• Eric Bibb: Eric Bibb, A Retrospective — with new studio track, "Trust The Dawn", and live track, "Saucer & Cup" (2006)
• Eric Bibb: Get On Board (2008)
• Eric Bibb: Spirit I Am (2008)
• Eric Bibb: Booker's Guitar (2010)
• Eric Bibb: Blues Ballads & Work Songs (2011)
• Eric Bibb: The Haven (2011)
• Eric Bibb: Booker's Guitar (2011)
• Eric Bibb: Deeper In The Well (2012)
• Habib Koité — Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako (2012)
Select live albums:
• Eric Bibb: Live At The Basement (2002)
• Eric Bibb: An Evening with Eric Bibb (2007)
• Eric Bibb: Live À FIP (a.k.a. Live At FIP) (2009)
• Eric Bibb: Troubadour Live With Staffan Astner (2011)
♠ Bibb has received a Grammy nomination for Shakin' a Tailfeather. He has been nominated for several W.C. Handy Awards. Nominated Acoustic Blues Album of the Year for Spirit and the Blues in 2000; for Home to Me in 2001; for Natural Light in 2004; for A Ship Called Love in 2006. Nominated Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year in 2002; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2008; and 2013.
|Eric Bibb — Jericho Road |