Q&A with Eric Bibb: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Part 2)

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The following is a transcription of an interview with Eric Bibb about his participation in Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music.  How about your choices regarding instrumentation and players for the album—what were you thinking there? ERIC: My thoughts from the beginning were that this was about getting your fingernails into the soil, and that it had to reflect a rural sensibility. The instruments I chose—like guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro—are all connected to folk music, the stuff that you could find on somebody’s back porch when neighbors are sitting around. The idea of neighbors seems really prevalent in Wendell’s writing, and so the...

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Q&A with Eric Bibb: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Part 1)

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The following is a transcription of an interview with Eric Bibb about his participation in Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music.  What did it mean to you to encounter Berry’s writing for the first time? ERIC: What I realized after diving into A Timbered Choir was that Wendell was a kindred soul—someone who approached his reverence for life, the Creator, and all created things, in a similar way, with a similar joy and comfort from the natural world, from things done well in a mundane and everyday type of context, finding the divine in those type of moments. His impatience with the downsides...

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