Eric Bibb pays tribute to Emmett Till in stripped-back new single, Emmett’s Ghost

Eric Bibb
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Vetern blues guitarist Eric Bibb has dropped the latest single from his upcoming album Dear America, Emmett’s Ghost – a blues-soaked, acoustic guitar-driven eulogy that pays tribute to Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1955 at the age of 14.

Released today (July 23) to coincide with Till’s birthday (July 25), the track sees Bibb reflect on the brutal crime by way of poignant lyrics and emotive six-string constructions. The accompanying video features an extended introduction from Bibb, who speaks of Till’s story and the impact his murder had on the civil rights movement.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.