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Friday, August 27, 2010

Eric Bibb & Whitehall Lane Merlot

Got a treat for all you acoustic blues fans. Eric Bibb is one of my favorite guitarist/singers in the genre. He comes from a family rich in musical tradition. In addition to having a musician for a father, his uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Eric studied Psychology and Russian at Colombia University but couldn’t see the point since none of the Ivy League kids knew anything about where he came from, so he left for Paris, met up with guitarist Mickey Baker, and focused his interest on blues guitar. His talent for both performing and songwriting has been recognised with a Grammy Nomination (for Shakin' a Tailfeather) and four W.C. Handy nominations (for the albums Spirit and the Blues, Home To Me and A Ship Called Love; for 'Kokomo' as Best Acoustic Blues Song of the Year, and for Best Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year). Take a seat on the front porch steps, kick back, and let the world pass you by as you listen to his music.

In my father’s house:

Goin down slow:

Don’t let nobody drag your spirit:

Destiny blues:



Got to do better:


Durham Blues Festival:

Needed Time:

To know you:


Want your love:

I heard the angels sing:

I had a business dinner earlier this week and went to an Indian Restaurant. Being the author of a wine blog, I was given the honor of choosing the wine. Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines. My dish for the night was Salmon Madras, chunks of succulent, perfectly cooked salmon in a Madras sauce that was spicy without causing my glasses to melt. A perfect wine that stands up to the challenge of not being overwhelmed by the food was a 2003 Whitehall Lane Merlot. I’ve purchased this wine for under my $25.00 limit on sale at my local wine shop. The color is deep purple hinting at loads of dark fruit. The bouquet exploded with blackberries and raspberries. I liked the aroma so much, I almost forgot to taste it. Fortunately, I remembered as it bursts with more blackberry, cherry, and vanilla. I love this wine and it went perfectly with the meal. My business associates agreed. But it’ll go great on a cool summer evening tapping your feet to music of Eric Bibb, so get yourself a bottle and enjoy.


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

Wow, he has an authentic vibe that you don't find with many modern blues musicians.