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Eric Bibb

Like Josh White, Jr. -- son of folk singer Josh White -- singer, songwriter, and guitarist Eric Bibb was raised in the folk tradition, the son of folk singer Leon Bibb. Bibb's uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, part of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Bibb was raised in a music-filled household, and family friends in the '50s and '60s included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and the late Paul Robeson, who was named Eric's godfather. Bibb got his first steel guitar at age seven, and some advice from Dylan that he never forgot: "keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff." When he was 13, Bibb entered New York City's High School of Music and Art, where he studied double bass, vocals, classical guitar, and piano. When he was 16, his father asked him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show, Someone New.

In 1970, Bibb left New York City for Paris, where he met with guitarist Mickey Baker. There, he began to focus in on blues guitar, and, after moving to Stockholm, he became enamored with pre-war blues. He continued to write his own songs and perform during this time, and returned to New York in 1980 to pursue a career as a folk and blues singer. He moved back to Sweden five years later and continued performing, but also taught music in school. His debut, Spirit and the Blues, showcased the sounds of bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, and a gospel group, inspired by other recordings that married bluesmen like Leadbelly with gospel groups like the Golden Gate Quartet. He performed at the London Blues Festival in 1996, where he shared a set with Corey Harris and Keb' Mo', and he quickly followed up with 1997's Good Stuff. His third album, Me to You, featured performances and collaborations with some of his musical heroes, including Pops & Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal. He followed up the success of the album with tours of the U.K., U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden. He recorded and released Home to Me in 1999, Roadworks in 2000, Painting Signs and Just Like Love in 2001, and A Family Affair in 2001, which featured duets and solo tunes by Bibb and his father. Bibb joined Robert Cray on two U.S. tours in 2001 and 2002, and opened for Ray Charles in the summer of 2002. Bibb was nominated for a Grammy for "Shakin' a Tailfeather," and he has been nominated for many W.C. Handy Awards in a variety of categories.

Ever the prolific songwriter, forever brimming with new musical ideas and a freshness of appreciation with no dimming in his enthusiasm for performing, Bibb has kept up a hectic schedule of performing and recording since Home to Me and A Family Affair were released in 2001. He recorded Natural Light for Earthbeat in 2003, Roadworks and Sisters and Brothers in 2004, and Friends in 2004. His late-2000s recordings include A Ship Called Love, Diamond Days, and Twelve Gates to the City in 2006, and a collaboration with his father, Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson. Not all of Bibb's releases are available in the U.S., but most can be found via the Internet. He released a live album in 2007, An Evening with Eric Bibb, for the Telarc Blues label. 2008's Get on Board on Telarc Blues features performances by Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster. Bibb describes the sounds and songs on the album best when he says, it's "a further exploration into the place where blues meets gospel and soul." Troubadour Live, recorded at a December 9, 2010 concert in Stockholm, Sweden and featuring guest guitarist Staffan Astner, was released in 2011. Jericho Road, which found Bibb working once again with long-time collaborator, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Glen Scott, appeared in 2013. Another impressive Scott-produced album, Blues People, arrived in 2014. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Mmmmm
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This man is so talented!
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A lot of class!
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Very Keb Moish, and as such, very good
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Good tune!
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mlown19
where have you been all my life? your spirit is beautiful.
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so laid back
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Modern era favorite
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newly introduced to eric gibb .. cant get enough.
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odwyerkieran 5 6 3
amazing, saw this guy at north atlantic blues fest yesterday in Rockland Maine, went to see Robert Cray but Eric Bibb took our breath away !
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claire2967
Snappin' my fingers, dancin' around the room, smilin' real big, heart soaring. Every time, every tune. Thanks!!! I truly love and appreciate this music, Eric's voice and sweet style.
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Love it.
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He performed at Idaho State University for the second time. I took my dad who is a blues gutiartist, but neither of us had heard of Eric. We were absolutely blown away by his talent and energy. Dad commented on how Eric could keep such cool rhythms going just on the guitar (no need for a drummer). We both were moved to tears with his gospel pieces. It was real treat for us Idahoans.Tha n k you, Eric!
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he was in santa fe last year and great. So is he here!
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love this!
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raylenek
wants to marry him. now.
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thorps2005
Soulful and uplifting at the same time. Love him.
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Heard him on Back Porch Music last night, a radio show from WUNC, a NC public radio and they said he's playing in here in High Point next weekend! Hope I can make it...
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guitarplr145 r r p t
Saw him last night in Ogden Utah out under the stars. Every song, good as the last........ . w h a t a real treat. Great show. He's coming back next year too. Awesome.
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He has a web site:
www.ericbibb . c o m
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Pretty good. Sounds a lot like Keb' Mo'.
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Love it, love it!!!!
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Eric and Ruthie blew the house down at the Lincoln last nite, my new fav on Pandora!!
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rugenius2
I saw Eric a few years ago for the first time and he's returning to my area for a performance tomorrow nite!!! I am sssssssoooo looking forward to it. A small intimate setting here in Sonoma County. He puts on a great show.
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I just had the pleasure of seeing Eric at the Poconos Blues Fest....what a treat! He is wonderful, so warm and charismatic!
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I truly love his voice. I could listen to him over and over.
His voice is lovely.
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fearonce
Love him.

He is good for the soul
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ajusth2003
If you ever find an opportunity to see Eric in a small venue GO. As one of my best friends put it at the end of the concert "that's the closest thing to a religious experience I've had". I'm not saying you should sell a kidney to see the show, but I loved the show so much I bought concert tickets and airplane tickets for 8.

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