Eric Bibb & Maria Muldaur – Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down

Eric Bibb & Maria Muldaur – Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down from “Sisters and Brothers” (Telarc 2004).

That the trio recorded this stunning, spiritual-minded collaboration in the town of Unity, Maine, is one of life’s fortuitous coincidences. Although their voices are dissimilar, Maria Muldaur, Eric Bibb, and Rory Block share roots in folk, gospel, and blues. Brought together, along with a three-piece backing band, in a barn-turned-recording-studio by producer Randy Labbe, the trio cooks up a feisty musical feast that sounds so comfortable and joyous, it seems they were lost soulmates finally joined in song. Bibb’s smooth Keb’ Mo’-style vocals join Muldaur’s huskier, sassy approach and Block’s deep blues on a combination of originals and covers that showcase each artist’s strengths, both solo and in tandem with the others. From contemporary classics such as Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” and Bill Withers’s sublime “Lean on Me” to a languid version of Jimmy Reed’s “Little Rain” and a swampy, roof-raising “My Sisters and Brothers,” this upbeat album never gets predictable, preachy, or clichéd.

Line-up
Eric Bibb: Guitar & Vocals
Maria Muldaur: Vocals
Chris Burns: Piano & Wurlitzer
Mudcat Ward: Bass (Upright) & Double Bass
Per Hanson: Drums

Lyrics and music (Bibb):

You might slip, you might slide
You might stumble and fall by the roadside
But don’t ever let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you’re walking up to heaven
Don’t let nobody turn you ‘round

Walk with the rich, walk with the poor
Learn from everyone, that’s what life is for
And don’t let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you’re walking up to heaven
Don’t let nobody turn you ‘round

Some say yes, some say no
Some wait and see which way the wind blows
But don’t you ever let nobody drag your spirit down
When we’re walking up to heaven
Don’t let nobody turn you ‘round

Well, I might say things that sound strange to you
And I might preach the gospel, I believe it’s true
I won’t let nobody drag my spirit down
Yes, I’m walking up to heaven, people
Won’t let nobody turn me ‘round

You might slip, you might slide
You might stumble and fall by the roadside
But don’t ever let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you’re walking up to heaven
Don’t let nobody turn you ‘round

Also recorded by Eric Burdon

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