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Eric Bibb And JJ Milteau – Lead Belly's Gold

Album Review

Passionate take on the Lead Belly songbook.

As readers of this magazine will be aware, Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter was a giant among American songwriters pre-WWII. Tagged as ‘blues’ – he was black, from Texas and lived an extremely violent life – his songs rarely engage with the 12-bar blues tradition, working more as singalong ballads, which is why they were so popular with folk revival artists in the 50s and 60s.

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