Booker’s Guitar is an album of country blues and songster in the tradition of Bukka White and the many other Delta master’s. It opens with a solo tribute to Bukka and his National Steel Duolian guitar that, through chance, Eric got the opportunity to play for the one song. With Bukka’s old set list in his own handwriting still taped to the side, Eric half sings half speaks the original lyrics: ‘Booker’s guitar’s got a story to tell, a story the world needs to hear, Booker’s guitar rings like a bell, it’s gonna keep on ringin’ for a thousand years.’
Several of the tracks are melodically slow paced with simple plucked rhythms as opposed to intricate fingering which Bibb is also very adept at. The traditional “Wayfaring Stranger” with Eric’s heartfelt vocals and Grant’s soul filled harp reaches deep inside you. Another standout track is “Tell Riley” A song Eric wrote with lyrics as if sung by Bukka dictating a message to his younger cousin Riley “BB” King. Booker’s Guitar may not be what I had anticipated by the title; but I didn’t enjoy the first rate music any less for it and it is well deserving of a good listening.