Friday, 23 March 2012

Record Review - Eric Bibb

Published in the Metro section of The Sydney Morning Herald (March 23).

Eric Bibb
Deeper In The Well
DixieFrog Records / ABC Music
As befits his reputation as one of the finest purveyors of roots music going around, Eric Bibb delivers yet again with Deeper In The Well. It’s a record that embodies the steamy, swamp sounds of Louisiana, but still with the blues nous and folky charm he’s become known for, these years past.

Recorded in the Bayou State at fiddle player Dirk Powell’s studio, Deeper… exudes a front porch, barefoot vibe: in the sleepy shuffle of Sinner Man, the swampy Bayou Belle, the melancholy and fiddle-swept Sittin’ In A Hotel Room. Bibb and his banjo and acoustic guitar lead the charge, there are lashings of fiddle and wailing harmonica abounding and a Cajun shuffle throughout, a bit of accordion – you can almost feel the sweat, see the smiles, smell the BBQ.  A fine new addition to Bibb’s canon.

Samuel J. Fell

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