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Track Listing
1. Grey Goose
2. When That Train Comes Along / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
3. On A Monday
4. The House Of The Rising Sun
5. Midnight Special
6. Bring A Little Water, Sylvie
7. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
8. When I Get To Dallas
9. 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
Artist:
Eric Bibb / J.J. Milteau
Title:
Lead Belly's Gold
Label:
Dixiefrog
Cat No:
DFGCD8780
Format:
CD
Price £12.99
• Spicing up Lead Belly’s repertoire with a handful of their own compositions Eric Bibb and harmonica virtuoso JJ Milteau pay tribute to the legendary songster.

• Lead Belly was a human jukebox. He knew hundreds of songs that he’d either heard somewhere and adapted, or written himself. Eric and JJ chose songs from his vast repertoire that they could make their own, paying homage to not only a great musician, but to the rich tradition he embodied.

• Recorded partly in the studio and partly live at a small Parisian club, the Sunset
Reviews For Lead Belly's Gold
Telegraph Online - Martin Chilten
In truth, this album could have gone in our best country or folk lists, but there is a wonderful jazzy-bluesy feel to this tribute album to the great Huddie Lead Belly, part of which was recorded at The Sunset, a famous Parisian jazz club. Singer/guitarist Eric Bibb and harmonica virtuoso JJ Milteau blend beautifully and bring something really fresh and vital to their interpretations of such iconic Lead Belly songs as On a Monday. The highlights for me were Pick A Bale Of Cotton and a forceful Bourgeois Blues. "The sound of his 12-string guitar is part of my DNA," said Bibb. Listen out, too, for fine contributions from Big Daddy Wilson (vocals), Glen Scott (drums, bass, Wurlitzer) and Michael Jerome Browne (12-string guitar and mandolin). ★★★★☆ MC
Tim Stenhouse at UK Vibe
Folk-blues is Eric Bibb’s speciality and this mainly live recording from the Sunset club in Paris, augmented by five studio numbers, pairs the blues guitarist with one of Europe’s finest blues harmonica players in J.J. Milteau. The focus is on intimate interplay and in this endeavour the duo conjur up some wonderful moments together. An inventive take on the standard, ‘The house of the rising sun’, receives an achingly slow rendition and as a result adds a chilling poignancy to the lyrics. Taking on folk ballads is a Bibb trademark and ‘Good night Irene’ is the kind of tune that outlaw country wordsmith Willie Nelson might attempt. Blues and gospel have always been close cousins despite assertions to the contrary and a medley of ‘When that trains comes along/Swing low, sweet chariot’ works a treat and is gently uplifting in tone with fine harmonica work by Milteau. On several numbers, Big Daddy Wilson contributes backing vocals. Of the studio numbers, the Dylanesque hues of the folk-blues song ‘Grey goose’ stands out, as does the melodic mid-tempo ‘Bourgeois Blues’, while the Bibb original ‘Chauffeur Blues’ is a fine example of his song writing craft. The lovely warm and intimate live sound recording comes courtesy of Agnès Minetto. Bilingual English and French inner sleeve notes shed light on the individual songs and are in keeping with a French label devoted to exploring and dissecting the blues. This introspective offering showcases the contemplative side of the blues and makes for a refreshing change of tempo at a time of year when the rest of the planet are seemingly in overdrive. This is music to relax to and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Julian Piper - Acoustic Magazine Jan 2016
"A superlative set".
Garth Cartwright - The Blues Magazine Jan 2016
"Bibb...sings with a real fervour and the interplay between him and harmonica player Milteau on these songs...is dynamic, with Bourgeois Blues a triumph...Overall, a very impressive tribute."
7/10