Album Review of
Migration Blues

Written by Duane Verh
March 22, 2017 - 12:00am EDT
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Nowhere on the planet does the blues tradition thrive so robustly as a living, breathing force than in the work of Eric Bibb.  Firmly grounded in its roots, the durable and prolific singer/guitarist’s originals and adaptations- and his performances of same- make an inarguable case for the blues as powerful contemporary expression acutely conscious of its past. Mr. Bibb’s current offering is primarily a trio affair, ably assisted by guitarist Michael Jerome Browne and harmonica player JJ Milteau.  The threesome’s chemistry generates a constant incandescence, adding just the proper amount of heat underneath Bibb’s tales of folks on the move, most often not by choice.  Originals “Delta Getaway”, “Prayin’ For Shore” and the title track stand out, as does a haunting take on Dylan’s “Masters Of War”.