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Eric Bibb – Diamond Days

 

Bibb is a fine guitarist and singer, and here proves a very capable songwriter. It’s hard to pin him down – you could call him a folk singer, but his blues and pop roots always show through in his performances and writing. His 12-string fingerpicking sets the tone for songs like “Tall Cotton,” with a fine electric-guitar solo courtesy of Kahanga Dekula. Eric plugs in to add color to “Destiny Blues,” a Chicago-style blues with fine acoustic and harmonica by Bibb. It’s also a showcase for his fine vocal chops.

Bibb’s acoustic playing shines all over the record, and guests like Martin Simpson add flavor to several songs. One thing I really like about this record is the way it all holds together without sounding the same. “So Glad” has almost-jazzy changes while other songs, like “In My Father’s House,” are funky acoustic rockers. On pretty much every cut, Bibb’s vocals are soulful and on-the-money.

Records that give off a folk aura can be scary, but this one sails on great performances and fine songwriting.



This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb ’07 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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