Tune into the Weekend: Not just Dear America, but the Whole World’s Got the Blues on Eric Bibb’s latest album

We can’t think of another bluesman or woman as consistently good at what they do as Eric Bibb; although his music may not always be the flashiest or provide for the most diverse of sets, there’s probably nothing that we’ve heard from the folk-bluesman over the decades that we haven’t appreciated and liked, and his latest album Dear America (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group) is no exception.

Here’s our favorite track from the album, the creeping, slightly haunting “Whole World’s Got the Blues” that also features guitarist and singer Eric Gales:

And the rest of the album is all just as solid, devoid of any tracks you’ll want to skip or gloss over; from the grooving “Different Picture” with pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and chugging “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Train, Part 1” featuring Billy Branch on harmonica, to the more R&B version of that song’s “Part 2”, the touching duet “One-Ness of Love” with Lisa Mills that closes the album, and the airy, swaying “Tell Yourself”, one of several songs here that delivers a strong message, with Bibb also tackling such topics as respect for women (“Born of a Woman”), hatred (the album’s title track), racial injustice (“Emmett’s Ghost”), and making time to reflect (“Along the Way”), it’s all some pretty good stuff and definitely worth checking out!

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