Eric Bibb and Habib Koite put out one of this year’s most interesting blues releases with Brothers in Bamako, a fusion of blues, jazz, folk, and traditional African influences pieced together to create new musical ideas and landscapes that few could have even conceived of before. In the March/April edition of his “What’d I Say” column, Elmore’s Jim Hynes called Brothers In Bamako “subtle and gorgeous: jazz-me blues played sweet and low.” Soon, you’ll have a chance to hear those sweet and low sounds for yourself.
Bibb and Koite are hitting the road behind Brothers in Bamako with a tour that includes a stop at New York’s legendary B.B. King’s. Expect to hear some of the great selections off of the album, including their excellent take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” and other traditional blues numbers with a distinctly West African twist. If you’ve heard the album (and if you haven’t, go correct that as soon as possible), you won’t want to miss Bibb and Koite set the world alight with these amazing songs.