Eric Bibb and North Country Far with Danny Thompson (from the album The Happiest Man in the World on Stony Plain Records) - Eric Bibb has successfully shown that the Roots of music is not geographically set on his recent release, The Happiest Man in the World. Eric is joined on the album by Danny Thompson. Danny’s Bass Roots in English Folk run through his work with Pentangle, Richard Thompson, Donovan, John Martyn, and Alexis Korner. The pair are backed by North Country Far, a trio of musicians that Eric met while living in Helsinki, brothers Janne (drums), and Olli Haavisto (dobro, guitars, pedal steel) along with Petra Hakala (mandolin, mandola, fiddle). The musicians meet in the songs, blending cultures in a Country Blues that stays true throughout on the jellyroll of the title track, the bright Folk of “Blueberry Boy”, and the raw beauty of “On the Porch”
Eric Bibb and North Country Far with Danny Thompson stamps The Happiest Man in the World with an easy mood as much as it touches the tunes with acoustics. The simplicity in the arrangement of “Wish I Could Hold You Now” transcends simple Folk as the track hits hearts with its purity. The Happiest Man in the World was recorded in a few days at a residential studio in Norfolk, England. A summer sway moves the currents coursing under “Tell Ol’ Bill” as a scratchy rattle churns with woes in “Tossin’ and Turnin’” while a slow, smooth groove steers “Toolin' Down the Road” and The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” gets a swamp ride in Blues Country.
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