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John Tibbs – ‘Dead Man Walking’ album review
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John Tibbs – ‘Dead Man Walking’ album review

John Tibbs, CCM Magazine - imageAfter getting a sampling from a promising EP last fall, singer/songwriter John Tibbs digs deeper into his roots rock sound and spiritually pondering soul throughout the full-length edition of Dead Man Walking. Featuring production from indie favorite Ben Shive (Rend Collective, Colony House), the collection sounds just as authentic musically as it does lyrically, covering themes of finding identity in faith and finally embracing self-acceptance (after struggling with a lifelong speech impediment). Even so, the troubadour sounds crystal clear as his voice sturdily switches from pleading to smooth to soulful, the latter of which is most evident on the redemptive title track’s duet with the enchanting Ellie Holcomb.

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Andy Argyrakis
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Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).