"Home To Me"
by Dick Houff
Review date: August 2000
1999 KBA Award Winner|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by the Blues Foundation
This is Eric’s third and most innovative record to date with Earthbeat
Records. Each new release brings a noticeable change and departure from
the previous. On his last outing, we were treated to a gospel approach
and truly wonderful vocals. There are always a few blues tunes where
Eric’s unique approach to the guitar, and styling freshen the day. On
this outing the two blues standouts receive the same treatment. His
rendition of "No More Cane On The Brazos," is indeed, heartfelt. The
same goes for "Comeback Baby." Bibb departs from what we know as
traditional blues; by adding a grab bag of genres that would include
folk, R&B, soul, gospel, ragtime, and mellow rock overtones. His voice
is compassionate and meaningful. Especially on songs such as "Mandela Is
Free," and "Sing Your Song" with Taj Mahal. By adding an accordion on
some of the tracks; you get a feel for Louisiana and East Texas. Eric
Bibb is an expatriate living in Sweden. He began a U.S. tour in 1997,
and has won not only blues fans, but mainstream fans as well. His
presence and powerful voice reach across boundaries. Eric’s persona is
peaceful and calm—a much needed tool that we can all learn from in this
country. I guess what I’m trying to say is that in his music—and/or
delivery, there’s a little something for everybody.
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