Eric Bibb Dear America

BIBB Begs America

Grammy nominated artist ERIC BIBB will release his new album Dear America on September 10th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Eric Bibb’s many accomplishments include a career spanning five decades, recording with blues and folk royalty, Grammy nominations (for Shakin’ a Tailfeather in 1997 and Migration Blues in 2017)  and multiple Blues Foundation awards, as well as a dedicated following that crosses borders and continents.

Ahead of the album release, Bibb has unveiled a video (shared below) for the track titled  Born Of A Woman that features the extraordinary talents of Shaneeka Simon, who has worked with Bibb for many years and provided background vocals for luminaries like  James Morrison, Engelbert Humperdinck and Casey Abrams.

The cobwebbed, weatherworn folksong is pensive without being downhearted and has a slappy bass and whoo-whoo vocals that suit the branding-iron lyrics and the truly oxidized guitar.

Dear America Eric Bibb

While “Emmett’s Ghost” was inspired by the true story of a 14-year-old African American boy, a Chicago city lad named Emmett Till who, while visiting the Deep South in the mid 1950s made the fatal mistake of chatting with a white woman in a grocery store. He was brutally murdered for this “crime.” This would have been Emmett’s 80th birthday year! This song bears a painful & heartbreaking message and the helplessness it evokes feels especially ugly now, since it doesn’t seem like we’ve moved much beyond the hatred of 1955 and the lynchings of the Jim Crow era.

emmett till

Emmett was a Christian boy, 14 years of age don’t forget, who was killed and horrifically disfigured by two kidnappers / murderers who were found not guilty by an all-white jury, though publicly admitted the crime shortly after the trial. The song itself is not sentimental and while it’s heavy-hearted, the number is laced with bittersweet anticipation. But how long do we have to wait for justice to be served? And not just justice for Emmett but justice for all?

The darkly dramatic ”Whole World’s Got the Blues” was recorded in New York City with great producer Glen Scott, and features the incredibly liquid finger-work of Eric Gales on lead guitar. The track also features legendary drummer Steve Jordan and world-renowned bassist Tommy Sims. It is powerful and provocative. An incisive and intelligently tough-skinned number of unsentimental blues-emotion.

Is this a relinquishment? No, it’s a reaffirmation…
And the album title Dear America should come with a question mark…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dear America is out 10th September via Provogue/Mascot Label Group

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