On "Migration Blues" Eric Bibb draws a parallel between the former African American sharecroppers leaving the segregation and misery of the South for the industrial cities of the North and the current migratory movement to Europe of the refugees from the Middle East.
Whether you’re looking at a former sharecropper, hitchhiking from Clarksdale to Chicago in 1923, or an orphan from Aleppo, in a boat full of refugees in 2016 – it’s migration blues...
This album features a trio comprised of Eric and two stellar guests: JJ Milteau (harmonica) and Michael Jerome Browne (guitar, fiddle, banjo…) and, occasionally, a few more classy performers.
Migration Blues will certainly be considered one of Eric Bibb’s major albums as he was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the 'best traditional Blues album' category.
"Blues is the creation of a people who were displaced, oppressed, rejected and misunderstood. It’s also the music of people with amazing reservoirs of resilience and hope." - Eric Bibb
Eric Bibb on "Migration Blues"
The joy of making music and sharing it with you is a big part of my life. Another big part is traveling and getting to know folks from many places. This exposure to diﬀerent cultures has led me to think of myself as a citizen of the world, blessed with countless opportunities to recognize my connectedness to people everywhere. Feeling this connection makes it easier to let go of my preconceived notions and prejudices toward people and cultures that are outside of my experience. The way I see it, prejudice towards our brothers and sisters who are currently called “refugees” is the problem.
Fear and ignorance are the problems. Refugees are not “problems” – they are courageous fellow human beings escaping dire circumstances. Fleeing from war and unbearable hardship is something people have been doing all over the world for millennia. It’s nothing new. Every culture has its own migration stories and songs. While pondering the current refugee crisis I found myself thinking about the Great Migration, which saw millions of African Americans leaving the brutal segregation and economic misery of the rural South for the industrial cities of the North.
Making this connection is what inspired the new songs included here. Whether you’re looking at a former sharecropper, hitchhiking from Clarksdale to Chicago in 1923, or an orphan from Aleppo, in a boat full of refugees in 2016 – it’s migration blues. With this album, I want to encourage us all to keep our minds and hearts wide open to the ongoing plight of refugees everywhere. As history shows, we all come from people who, at some time or another, had to move.