Eric Bibb stays busy. His latest release, The Happiest Man In The World, on Stony Plain Records, is yet another interesting approach to making and presenting music. The album has Bibb making music with British Jazz and Folk musician Danny Thompson joining Bibb on double bass, and JJ Milteau on harp. Also along for the ride are brothers Janne and Ollie Haavisto of the Finish group, North Country Far, adding their talent to the album.
The Happiest Man In The World is packed with fourteen beautifully crafted acoustic blues, and one cover, giving listeners plenty of relaxing listening pleasure. The title track is a gritty number, showcasing Bibb’s vocal talent, and leaves little doubt as to why he is a revered six string artist. This tune is a definite toe tapper from start to finish.
“Toolin’ Down the Road” is a song that should be on any music lover’s road trip playlist. There is no doubt that the listener will imagine him or herself traveling down a country dirt road on sitting on the back of a pickup truck with their feet hanging off the tailgate!
“Tossin’ and Turnin'” is a restless song that explores the darker side of Bibb’s musical vocabulary. This song will see listeners hitting play over, and over again. “Born To Be Your Man” has a more jazzy feeling with Danny Thompson’s stellar bass playing anchoring the beat. This moving love ballad will warm hearts and have couples pulling each other close for a dance. This song will be a favorite for years to come.
Another track offers a different approach to the 1964 smash hit “You Really Got Me,” by British rockers, The Kinks. Of course, there have been several covers of this song, the most recognizable by Van Halen in 1978. This version is a slower, laid back version, and is an interesting counterpoint to the Van Halen version.
The Happiest Man In The World is an acoustic treat for any music lover. Here is an album that is relaxing, entertaining, and will be a welcome addition to any collection. Check it out soon.