Eric Bibb and J.J. Milteau - Lead Belly's Gold

J.J. Milteau & Eric Bibb, New album “Lead Belly’s Gold” – Eric Bibb and Jean-Jacques Miltau in the footsteps of Leadbelly.

By paying homage to Lead Belly on these live and studio renditions of the old master’s gold songs, blues great Eric Bibb and prolific harmonica player Jean-Jacques Milteau give us much more than a celebration of the folksinger’s rich musical heritage. Establishing a living link between the New World and the Old Continent, they showcase the universality and timelessness of Lead Belly’s message. It is no accident that this recording kicks off with “Grey Goose,” a poetic depiction of social ostracism that finds an echo today with the African and Middle-Eastern migrants who cross the Mediterranean by the thousands on makeshift rafts. The same could be said of the prison song “Midnight Special,” still valid today when African-American males make up 40% of inmates in the US when they represent a mere 13% of the American population, of “The Titanic” with its clear reference to racism that rings appallingly true in the wake of Charleston and Ferguson. Yet, the most topical songs of all might well be “The Bourgeois Blues.” An open denunciation of the color caste system that prevailed in the nation’s capital when Lead Belly recorded it in 1938, it proves that the presence of a Black president in the White House hasn’t really turned the tables in a world of discrimination that’s always prompt to oppress the poor and the voiceless. Spicing up Lead Belly’s repertoire with a handful of their own compositions, Eric and JJ pick up where the original songster left off, addressing everyday issues with a freshness, candor and poetic sense that contribute to the circulation of a message of peace, hope, tolerance, and non-violence. As a result, their rare musical understanding makes Lead Belly’s Gold one of the most exciting recordings of their respective careers.

Eric Bibb and J.J. Milteau – Lead Belly’s Gold

Label: Dixiefrog
Release: 2 Oct. 2015


01. Grey goose
02. swing low, sweet chariot – When that train comes along
03. On a monday
04. The house of the rising sun
05. Midnightspecial
06. Bring a little water, sylvie
07. Where did you sleep last night
08. When i get to dallas
09. Pick a bale of cotton
10. Good night, irene
11. Rock island line
12. Bourgeois blues
13. Chauffeur blues
14. Stewball
15. Titanic
16. Swimmin’ in a river of song

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