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The brand new studio album from blues legend Eric Bibb, is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. It’s an homage to the original ‘blues people’, the Afro-American creators of a style celebrated today as part of the common heritage of mankind.
‘BLUES PEOPLE’, released in Australia on November 7, sees Bibb teaming up with a plethora of good friends and acclaimed musicians; the likes of The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Taj Mahal, J.J. Milteau, Popa Chubby, Ruthie Foster, Harrison Kennedy, Guy Davis and more. A number of Eric Bibb originals feature on the 15-track recording, alongside collaborations and traditional tunes.
Haunted by the spirit of the blues and an album left voluntarily bare, ‘Blues People’ may signal Bibb’s opus.
“This record is a tribute to the tribe of blues troubadours that I’m grateful to be a member of and it features the talents of several friends and heroes of mine”, says Bibb.
“We, who traverse the highways and skyways of the planet playing the music known as blues, have become a rainbow tribe. We hail from many lands and cultures, bonded by our love of this music and the challenge of making it our own. What began in the fields of the southern United States, became a universal treasure, cherished by music lovers the world over.
My intention with these songs is to focus on some of the history of African Americans, the original blues people, as a reminder of what we’ve been through and where the music is coming from.”
Eric Bibb, one of the highest profile international roots music artists, was raised in New York City by a musical family; his father is noted folk singer Leon Bibb and his uncle was world-famous jazz pianist John Lewis, founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Legendary actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson was Eric’s godfather, and other music icons such as Peter Seeger, Odetta and Bob Dylan were known to regularly visit the Bibb household.
Having graced the stages of Bluesfest and toured Australia many times in recent years, Eric Bibb will return in 2015 for a national tour.
WATCH the video for ‘TURNER STATION’ here
WATCH Eric Bibb talk about his new album ‘BLUES PEOPLE’ here
1. Silver Spoon – featuring Popa Chubby
2. Driftin’ Door To Door
3. God’s Mojo
4. Turner Station
5. Pink Dream Cadillac
6. Chocolate Man – featuring Guy Davis
8. I Heard The Angels Singin’ – featuring J.J. Milteau & The Blind Boys Of Alabama
9. Dream Catchers – featuring Harrison Kennedy & Ruthie Foster
10. Chain Reaction – featuring Glenn Scott
11. Needed Time – featuring Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Ruthie Foster
12. Out Walkin’
13. Remember The Ones – featuring Linda Tillery
14. Home – featuring Andre De Lange
15. Where Do We Go – featuring Leyla McCalla