Diamond Days – Eric Bibb | CD

(ABC/WEA) 4 stars

Cool and urbane, Eric Bibb is the 21st-century folk-blues troubadour.

More salon than saloon singer, Bibb is the son of a New York folk singer/actor and as a kid he mixed with the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Odetta and jazzman John Lewis (his uncle).

His godfather was Paul Robeson and in 2005 Eric and his father Leon combined to record a tribute to the great singer/activist.

Eric made his home in Sweden, where he released his first recording in 1997.

His CD `Diamond Days’ is a typically accomplished effort, predominantly acoustic and feel-good, with reflective lyrics and stylish guitar work.

Highlights include a closing tribute to blues legends on `Still Livin’ On’ (followed by a bonus track) and a video-enhanced solo session at a Paris guitar shop.

Bibb’s excellent 2004 get together on `Friends’ (MRA) – with guests such as Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite, Odetta and Martin Simpson – and his 2006  compilation `Livin’, Lovin’ and Doin’ (ABC/WEA) are also recommended.

- Mike Daly

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