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Eric Bibb – FriendsEric Bibb – Friends
{Telarc Label Released in 2004}

In the making of Friends, Bibb set out to showcase some of the musicians he respects and reveres most—artists whose individual visions intersect with his own in many places. In the final analysis, he accomplishes this mission and more—and generates his own creative light and intensity in the process. At the top of Bibb’s wish list was Taj Mahal. Bibb knew he couldn’t make this new record without Taj. “Recording this first-take version of St. Louis Jimmy’s ‘Goin’ Down Slow’ with Taj Mahal will forever be one of the highlights of my musical journey”.


Eric Bibb - 12-string guitar, electric guitar, vocals

Eric's Friends:

Guy Davis -- 12-string slide guitar, vocal, harmonica
Martin Simpson -- guitar, slide guitar
Taj Mahal -- guitar, vocal
Charlie Musselwhite - amplified harmonica
Odetta -- vocal
Mamadou Diabate -- kora (12-string West African harp-lute)
Ruthie Foster -- vocal
Michael Jerome Browne -- mandola, slide guitar
Harry Manx -- mohan veena
Djelimady Tounkara -- guitar
Kristina Olsen -- concertino, vocal
Byron Myhre -- violin, mandolin
Led Ka'apana -- electric ukulele


1. 99 1/2 Won't Do
2. Six O'Clock Blues
3. Goin' Down Slow
4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
5. For You
6. The Cape
7. 'Tain't Such A Much
8. Needed Time
9. If I Stayed
10. Connected
11. Ribbons and Bows
12. Just Look Up
13. Cowgirl Queen
14. Kulanjan/Sebastian’sTune
15. Dance Me To the End Of Love

Bibb is very “Mississippian” on some songs, yet very “urban” on others. A very solid CD of music styles - not all blues, however. So while it is good music, I can only give it a 4.0 on the STLBluesometer.

Later - Gator
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