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  • Audio CD (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B002X9GX8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Eric Bibb's 'Booker's Guitar' captures the spirit of the original Delta blues of the early 20th century and reinterprets it for a new era. Bibb recorded the title track, one of his own compositions, in England using Delta blues legend Booker White's 1930s vintage Resophonic National steel-body guitar that had been recently re-discovered.

The remaining tracks, although recorded in rural Ohio on Bibb's own guitars, sprang from the same well of inspiration. "Once I had written that song, I really wanted to make a complete statement and document my connection to the Delta blues tradition," says Bibb. "I really wanted to put myself in the position of my heroes, but in a contemporary context, and create songs that I feel could have been part of their repertoire and could have come from their own experience."

Eric Bibb is one of the leading figures on the acoustic folk-blues scene. He draws large audiences with his rich sensitive vocals, thoughtful lyrics and dazzling finger-picking technique whenever he tours the UK.

Personnel: Eric Bibb (guitars, vocals), Grant Dermody (harmonica)

Review

(4 stars) 15 tracks of beautifully put together, heartfelt blues-based story songs...soulful voice, inventive progressions and hypnotic, economical fingerstyle. -- Guitarist Magazine, April 2010

(4 stars) The acoustic blues revival is in safe hands...Bibb has been mining a rich seam...some of his earthiest work. -- The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), February 14, 2010

Enriched by Grant Dermody's incredible harmonica playing...marking Bibb as a worthy candidate to carry the blues torch...Mr White would've been proud. -- Guitar & Bass Magazine, April 2010

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I have other eric bibbs albums and love his music. This is a great listen and not disappointing at all- its really chilled blues listening and not over produced, I saw him live and loved it as I am sometimes disappointed with over produced albums and prefer acoustic sets and not too much going on. Well this album is exactly that great fingerpicking, good melody and lyrics, and with Erics soulful voice it is a definate! the harmonica on it is awesome and when you play it loud its haunting a compliment to the music. Great Album and personally I like the tracks the latter end of the album so keep playing.
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I'm a big fan of Eric's first two CDs recorded in Sweden on the Opus3 label and I don't think anything that he has done since has approached the power and beauty of those CDs. That said, this new CD has a similar relaxed feel, with Eric playing mainly solo or in a duo with Seattle-based harmonica player Grant Dermody, and going back to the blues for inspiration for his own new songs.

We get off to a great start with "Booker's guitar" one of Eric's wonderful, sincere blues ballads. The songs are mainly Bibb originals apart from the traditional folk song "Wayfaring Stranger" and Blind Willie Johnson's "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and this is probably Eric's most bluesy recording since the two Opus3 CDs. As usual Eric is in fine voice throughout and his guitar playing is wonderful, if somewhat restrained - with the main ornamentation coming from Dermody's diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Eric pulls off that very difficult trick of playing within the traditional blues idiom but taking it forward and letting his own personality shine through. My favourite tracks are "One soul to save" and "A good woman" - with its plaintive harmonica solo - but this is a very consistent set of good songs.
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Eric Bibb is one truly wonderful blues artist,he has a simply superb voice,he is one of the finest acoustic guitarists around and in this release he has quite simply produced the best blues album of the year.If this does not win Grammies for best folk blues album I'll be amazed, also surely a Handy award for best acoustic blues release must also follow. This album has just Eric on guitar/vocals and on some tracks harmonica,recorded on location in Mississippi this is the real deal.Eric has recorded some exceptionally fine sets but this might just be the best yet.The opening 'Booker's Guitar' is a tribute to Booker White one of blues true legends,and even played on his original guitar. The rest of the tracks,most of which are Bibb originals with a couple of top class covers,develops the territory of the title track and lays before us a truly not to be missed set of quite exceptional songs that enjoy repeated playings.This is something that will surely push him into the blues legends class,a release that will still be played and admired twenty plus years from now.This is what folk blues is all about and played and sung with absolute conviction,skill and joy.Five stars is just not enough for a release of this wonderful quality.Please do get a copy and soak in every second of a truly remarkable and stunning release.
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If you already like Eric Bibb get this album - unquestionably on elf his best. And if you don't have Eric Bibb in your collection, a great place to start. This is a superb recording that repays listening to on decent equipment or, perhaps even better, a quality pair of headphones.
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I bought this more out of habit than anything else, but it's an absolute joy - every track is great. Even if you've never heard Eric Bibb before, buy this.
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Well, I was going to title this review "Stripped Back Bibb At His Best" but I see another reviewer feels the same way.And rightly so, this man would sound good singing the TV listings.
Neither too fussy or too sparse, this excellent CD highlights Bibb's mellifluous voice with the minimum amount of precise instrumental backing. Whether an arrangement of a classic or one of Bibb's own songs every track is a delight to listen to.
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My first Eric Bibb CD, great combination of voice and guitar playing, but above all a sense of someone who is comfortable with his music who performs with great sincerity and dignity. Basing the CD on Booker White's guitar is a clever premis. Some tracks are better than others, but overall am glad I bought it, played it on the way to Inverness this morning, and played it again on the return journey.
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