DIARY - 31 MARCH 2009 - ERIC BIBB INTERVIEW
BIBB AND TROY CASSAR-DALEY
hours a day behind a mule and a plough/ trying to make a dollar, baby/
I don't see how." - The Promised Land - Eric Bibb
Bibb had a good reason to enjoy his seven Australian tours - they're
a fertile font for his songwriting.
The New York born and latter day European based guitarist hooked up
Award winning singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley and wrote Put
Your Love First on a previous tour.
"I wrote a song last time I was here up in Brisbane with Troy,"
Bibb told Nu Country TV.
"It started by me buying one of his records and he really spoke
to me. So I made some phone calls, found out people who were connected
to him and invited him to one of my Brisbane shows. I went to his
place the next day and wrote the song. It has a kind of country feel.
I would love
to see that song come out on the next album I record in Nashville. It's
a song similar in feel to The Conversation that I do with Ruthie Foster,
and River Blues. It's a relationship song where you should give your partner
the benefit of the doubt by putting your love first and not being quick
to anger - all those life's lessons, all absorbing."
Australia is fruitful for New York born and latter day London resident
Bibb - husband of fellow songwriter Marianne and father of 13 year-old
"I remember writing The Promised Land in Byron Bay,"
"I remember keeping my friends waiting for dinner. I went to my hotel
room and turned on my little recorder and put down a snippet of the original
Another new Bibb song Spirit I Am had its roots in a previous Australian
"It was about the time of reconciliation regarding the Aboriginal
culture, it was in that context," Bibb revealed.
"I originally thought of having a didgeridoo in the introduction.
All the songs are inspired by travels."
by step we're walking to freedom/ on a rocky road others worked before/
step by step, we're gonna meet 'em/ every little light shines for evermore."
- Step By Step - Eric Bibb-Glen Scott.
Bibb wrote Martin Luther King tribute song Step By Step for
his 15th album Get On Board his karma was rewarded.
The song is a focal point of new civil rights movie Gospel Hill
starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett.
"It was inspired by Martin Luther and his widow Coretta,"
Bibb, 57, revealed.
"I had a chance to submit a few songs and they also used My
Father's House. I wrote Step By Step with my producer Glen
Scott in Ireland three years ago. We recorded it originally in Dublin.
I was very excited about it and getting the phone book and finding
the appropriate studio."
not sure when I'm going to appear on the silver screen but I have been
wanting to do that for a long time," said the singer whose songs
have also been used in TV series The District and the Canadian
movie The Burial Society.
Gospel Hill, also starring Adam Baldwin, Taylor Kitsch and Julia
Stiles, depicts a former sheriff and a civil rights activist revisiting
a murder of a fellow civil rights worker in the sixties.
I'm trying to slow down/ but know we need the dough." - Conversation
- Eric Bibb.
cut a duet with Texan touring partner Ruthie Foster, who also has a song
in the Gospel Hill movie, on his song Conversation.
"I wrote it in the U.K. and recorded it with her in Cambridge,"
"I'm always on lookout for right moment to jump into studio with
someone I love. It's about ruminating on difficulties of being a workaholic
and family man and keeping checks and balances You kind of forget there
is a life beyond touring, recording and writing. You have to remind yourself
to pull up and give attention to other people."
Bibb was also elated that Foster recorded two of his songs on her new
album The Truth According to Ruthie Foster.
"I'm chuffed about that," Bibb added.
recorded Love In The Middle and Thanks For The Joy.
They were inspired by Ruthie and stories she would tell me about
her mother who has passed on. She was important in Ruthie's development
spiritually and musically, giving her advice in Texas. She lived
near the Brazos River, near Gruene. Ruthie is now living in Austin.
She would sing these songs as part of her concert repertoire. They
were songs she grew up with and would tell stories about her family
and church and influence of her mother."
Grammy winning slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt also guests on If
Our Hearts Ain't In It.
was on tour in the states and saw a bunch of televangelists preaching
from their pulpits and so much of it struck me as show business
compared to spirit business," Bibb explained.
that song came about as response. I'm thinking it's all good if
you really bear with it but if you are just posturing that's not
already recorded his 16th album - Bukka's Guitar.
"It was inspired by Bukka Washington White - the older cousin of
B.B. King," Bibb revealed.
"He was a great blues man. I wrote the song about being able to play
his famous National guitar that was bequeathed to a relative. I wrote
the song based on playing that guitar.
I want to make people aware of who influenced me."
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