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Eric Bibb|Dear America

Dear America

Eric Bibb

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The scion of a musical dynasty (his father was folk-singer Leon Bibb and his uncle was jazzman John Lewis), Eric Bibb released his first album almost 50 years ago. He grew up in the blues, but he has long been much, much more than simply a bluesman. He has travelled and lived extensively outside the United States, sought inspiration in African music, and refined his technique through contact with other styles and musicians. Dear America, released in the year of his 70th birthday, is a kind of return to his roots. This is a historian's album, which visits some tragic pages of Afro-American history in song. Musically, this is a record rooted in blues, soul and gospel choirs. These are genres so old and well-worn that one wonders how musicians can still draw life from them without falling into clichés. But Eric Bibb succeeds, and with young-at-heart verve, he transforms this return to the roots into an elixir of youth. He does not handle this old music like an antiques dealer, but like a craftsman or a sculptor who is perpetually dazzled by the forms that emerge from the raw material. The picking is soft, the tempo laid-back, and all the tracks here are bathed in a sober elegance. He moves from blues to acoustic soul or folk with a unique fluidity that he shares with his musicians, including drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Eric Gales, singers Shaneeka Simon and Lisa Mills. This is an album of American music by a zen master of the form. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
Whole Lotta Lovin' (feat. Ron Carter)
00:03:33

Glen Scott, Producer - Ron Carter, Acoustic Bass, FeaturedArtist - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Ulrika Bibb, Composer

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

2
Born Of A Woman (feat. Shaneeka Simon)
00:03:47

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Shaneeka Simon, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

3
Whole World's Got The Blues (feat. Eric Gales)
00:05:33

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Gales, FeaturedArtist, Featured Guitar - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Glenvin Anthony Scott, Composer

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

4
Dear America
00:03:47

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Chuck Anthony, Composer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

5
Different Picture (feat. Chuck Campbell)
00:05:36

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Chuck Campbell, Pedal Steel Guitar, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

6
Tell Yourself
00:02:52

Glen Scott, Producer - Martin Terefe, Composer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

7
Emmett's Ghost (feat. Ron Carter)
00:03:10

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Ron Carter, Acoustic Bass, FeaturedArtist - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

8
White & Black
00:04:37

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

9
Along The Way
00:02:40

Glen Scott, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

10
Talkin' 'Bout A Train, Pt. 1 (feat. Billy Branch)
00:04:08

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Billy Branch, FeaturedArtist, Featured Harmonica

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

11
Talkin' 'Bout A Train, Pt. 2
00:04:05

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

12
Love's Kingdom (feat. Tommy Sims & Glen Scott)
00:04:54

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Tommy Sims, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

13
One-ness Of Love (feat. Lisa Mills)
00:03:16

Glen Scott, Composer, Producer - Eric Bibb, Composer, MainArtist - Lisa Mills, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue ℗ 2021 Mascot Label Group/Provogue

Album Description

The scion of a musical dynasty (his father was folk-singer Leon Bibb and his uncle was jazzman John Lewis), Eric Bibb released his first album almost 50 years ago. He grew up in the blues, but he has long been much, much more than simply a bluesman. He has travelled and lived extensively outside the United States, sought inspiration in African music, and refined his technique through contact with other styles and musicians. Dear America, released in the year of his 70th birthday, is a kind of return to his roots. This is a historian's album, which visits some tragic pages of Afro-American history in song. Musically, this is a record rooted in blues, soul and gospel choirs. These are genres so old and well-worn that one wonders how musicians can still draw life from them without falling into clichés. But Eric Bibb succeeds, and with young-at-heart verve, he transforms this return to the roots into an elixir of youth. He does not handle this old music like an antiques dealer, but like a craftsman or a sculptor who is perpetually dazzled by the forms that emerge from the raw material. The picking is soft, the tempo laid-back, and all the tracks here are bathed in a sober elegance. He moves from blues to acoustic soul or folk with a unique fluidity that he shares with his musicians, including drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Eric Gales, singers Shaneeka Simon and Lisa Mills. This is an album of American music by a zen master of the form. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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