西元1951年次的艾瑞克．毕比出生在一个音乐家庭裏，他的父亲是六零年代纽约重要的民谣歌手Leon Bibb，他的教父Paul Robeson同样也是位歌手。在这样的背景下，艾瑞克．毕比小时后有许多机会可以与Bob Dylan、Pete Seeger等大明星相处，这当然对他成为一位乐手有著莫大的影响力。
Deeper In The Well是他的最新作品。整张专辑风格清新质朴，喜欢他的朋友们不容错过。
Genre: Blues / Folk / Acoustic
Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
Original Release Date: 2012
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Stony Plain Music
As bluesman Willie Dixon affirmed, you can't judge a book by looking at its cover. But you often can from reading the first paragraph. Switching your receptors from visual to audio, so it is with the first few bars of an album's opening track. And as the New Orleans-infused funk of singer and guitarist Eric Bibb's "Bayou Belle" snakes its way out of the speakers, its poise promises a disc's worth of good listening...
"I walked up to her," Bibb sings, "stars in my eyes, I said, baby, how you want your rollin' done? She looked straight into my heart, whispered in my ear: roll me from sun to sun."
It is easy to imagine "Bayou Belle" being sung by Doctor John, its lyric promising sweet sin, its rhythm a mojo of desire. Crescent City funk never sounded finer, and the track's promise is delivered by the rest of the Louisiana-recorded Deeper In The Well.
This is not, however, an album of Louisiana-inspired music only; Bibb opens with "Bayou Belle" as a homage to his surroundings. From then on, all of rural America seems to be present, or at least that part which stretches from the Mississippi Delta to Appalachia. It is an album of Americana, rooted in country blues.
New York-born Bibb—whose father was a face on the city's folk scene in the 1960s, and whose uncle was pianist John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet—plays a bunch of guitars, a 6-string banjo and a "cigar box diddly bow." He is accompanied by a virtuoso group of acoustic musicians which includes the amazing fiddler Cedric Watson, an emerging star of the Creole music scene in Lafayette, and harmonica ace Grant Dermody—previously heard on Bibb's Spirit I Am (Dixiefrog, 2008), Get On Board (Telarc, 2008) and Booker's Guitar (Telarc, 2010)—plus Cajun and Appalachian specialist, multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, at whose Cypress House studio the album was recorded, drummer Danny DeVillier and Christine Balfa on Cajun triangle.
Seven of the thirteen songs are Bibb originals, the others traditional except for Taj Mahal's "Every Wind in the River" and Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are Changin.'" The carnal "Bayou Belle" aside, the lyrics move between historical and modern concerns, sharing a strong social awareness. On one hand, the homespun wisdom of the title track, which Bibb first heard on a recording by bluegrass singer Doc Watson, and the contemporary rural poverty described on "Boll Weevil;" on the other, more modern concerns. Bibb's "No Further" is about alcohol and drug addiction, "Money In Your Pocket" about homelessness, "Movin' Up" about the sickening gap between rich and poor in the world's most prosperous country. Bibb sings like he means the words, and his performances of the familiar—the traditional "Sinner Man" (spine chilling) or Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin'" (like he wrote it)—are fresh and compelling.
Deeper In The Well was coproduced by Bibb, Folklore Productions' Matt Greenhill and sound engineer Michael Bishop. Bibb has good words for Bishop in the liner notes, and he deserves them. The radiance of the recording is a thing of beauty in itself: every instrument glistens. Combine that with songs which matter, great grooves and peerless musicianship and you do, indeed, have something deeper in the well.
Tracks: Bayou Belle; Dig A Little Deeper In The Well; No Further; Sinner Man; Boll Weevil; In My Time; Every Wind In The River; Sittin' In A Hotel Room; Could Be You, Could Be Me; Money In Your Pocket; Music; The Times They Are A Changin'; Movin' Up.
Personnel: Eric Bibb: vocal, 6-string acoustic guitar, 7-string acoustic guitar, 9-string acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, resonator guitar, contra bass guitar, cigar box diddly bow, 6-string banjo, footstomp; Grant Dermody: harmonica; Dirk Powell: fretless banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, upright bass, banjo, harmony vocal; Cedric Watson: fiddles, backing vocal; Danny DeVillier: drums, tambourine; Christine Balfa: Cajun triangle; Jerry Douglas: dobro (6); Michael Jerome Browne: fretless gourd banjo (7), mandolin (7); Michel Pepin: electric baritone guitar (7), ambient guitars (7).
by Steve Leggett
Eric Bibb's version of the blues is calm, wise, hushed, and elegant, as much or more about redemption as it is about despair, and above all, Bibb sees the blues as narrative, part of the story we all drift through. His best songs, often built on traditional patterns and rhythms, are wise and affirming, and they fall to the brighter and more hopeful side of the blues. There are several such gems on Deeper in the Well, including the opening track, a delightful piece of Louisiana shuffle funk called "Bayou Belle," the string band gospel bounce of "Dig a Little Deeper in the Well," a modal and relentlessly driving "Boll Weevil," "Sittin' in a Hotel Room," which is a wise and hopeful story of contentment, and the final track, a stunningly beautiful banjo version of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'." It all adds up to a beautifully redemptive album, one of Bibb's best.
01. Bayou Belle 4:13
02. Dig A Little Deeper In The Well (Bowling Roger Dale, Emerson martha Jo) 4:08
03. No Further 4:07
04. Sinner Man (Traditional. Arr.: Eric Bibb) 4:53
05. Boll Weevil (Traditional. Arr. Dick Powell & Grant Dermody) 3:01
06. In My Time 3:49
07. Every Wind In The River (Taj Mahal/Feldmann/Jordan/Dollaghan) 4:40
08. Sittin’ In A Hotel Room 2:52
09. Could Be You, Could Be Me (Harrison Kennedy) 2:39
10. Money In Your Pocket (Eric Bibb & Michael Jerome Browne) 4:19
11. Music 3:44
12. The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan) 3:33
13. Movin’ Up 2:52