It’s not a stretch to say that Lead Belly’s Gold is the most important roots/folk album of 2015.
Yes, you have heard these songs by tons of artists, but I can guarantee you NOT LIKE THIS!!
In fact, this excellent new cd by Bibb and Milteau shows that Lead Belly’s music is as potent and relevant in today’s society as it was in the 30’s and 40’s.
The real gift is the interplay by the players (check out Stewball, When that Train/Swing Lo Sweet Chariot) and the sheer sound of Bibb’s voice.
On tracks such as On A Monday, the gentle shuffle roots of Midnight Special and of course Where Did You Sleep Last Night with an incredible solo by Milteau Bibb is powerful and poignant all in one.
The original songs such as When I Get To Dallas and the haunting Chauffeur Blues which I consider a new modern classic are gems.
A mix of 11 live recordings and 5 studio tracks, a gorgeous booklet, plus incredible detailed notes by Bibb.
The care and class of this entire project by everyone involved is timeless.
JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician, Sun Media contributor and songwriter.
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