Label: Stony Plain Records
Acoustic folk-blues veteran Eric Bibb doesn’t need to raise his voice to get his point across. Every one of his songs is a sealed eye-to-eye exchange with the listener, and with his latest set of recordings, Migration Blues, the conversation is about the refugee crisis.
We need songs like his quiet, but almighty “Refugee Moan” to keep us strong during these perilous times when migrants are now surrounded by fear and ignorance.
Like every one of his albums, Bibb’s sound captures the feelings of the American South perfectly. Every song is a story and contains the beautiful combination of Bibb’s subtle and skillful guitar playing with accompaniment from the odd harmonica, banjo, and mandolin.
Bibb decided to present his own versions of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” two songs that mesh with Bibb’s sound so wholly effortlessly.
The double entendre song “Prayin’ For Shore” may be the most powerful creation on Migration Blues. It tells the story of a Syrian drifter in an “ol’ leaky boat” who is barely surviving the turmoils of his land while escape seems futile. The minor-keyed harmonica calls for relief and slowly fades out, leaving you alone praying for more.
Immediately after, your ears are greeted by Bibb’s title track and instrumental masterpiece where he plays a 12-string acoustic that continues to resonate in your mind even after it ends. The 65-year-old blues artist has done it again.