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Eric Bibb

Like Josh White, Jr. -- son of folksinger Josh White -- singer, songwriter, and guitarist Eric Bibb was raised in the folk tradition, the son of folksinger 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 on blues guitar, and after moving to Stockholm, he became enamored with prewar 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 Lead Belly 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. He released a live album in 2007, An Evening with Eric Bibb, for the Telarc Blues label. Released in 2008, Get on Board on Telarc Blues featured performances by Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster. Bibb described the sounds and songs on the album best when he said it was "a further exploration into the place where blues meets gospel and soul."

Troubadour Live, recorded at a December 9, 2010 concert in Stockholm and featuring guest guitarist Staffan Astner, was released in 2011. Jericho Road, which found Bibb working once again with longtime collaborator, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Glen Scott, appeared in 2013. Another impressive Scott-produced album, Blues People, arrived the following year. In 2015, Bibb paired with harmonica player Jean-Jacques Milteau for the Lead Belly tribute album Lead Belly's Gold. His next project was a collaboration with Finnish musicians Petri Hakala and Olli Haavisto and legendary British bassist Danny Thompson. Billed as Eric Bibb and the North Country Far with Danny Thompson, they released The Happiest Man in the World in 2016. ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jericho Road

1. Drinkin' Gourd

2. Freedom Train

3. Let The Mothers Step Up

4. Have A Heart

5. The Right Thing

6. Death Row Blues

7. Can't Please Everybody

8. The Lord's Work

9. With My Maker I Am One

10. They Know

11. She Got Mine

12. Good Like You

13. One Day At A Time

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Track List: Deeper In The Well

1. Bayou Belle

2. Could Be You, Could Be Me

3. Dig A Little Deeper In The Well

4. Money In Your Pocket

5. Boll Weevil

6. Sinner Man

7. In My Time

8. Music

9. Movin' Up

10. No Further

11. Every Wind In The River

12. Sittin' In A Hotel Room

13. The Times They Are A Changin'

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Track List: Troubadour Live With Staffan Astner

1. The Cape (Live)

2. Introducing Staffan Astner (Live)

3. New Home (Live)

4. Troubadour (Live)

5. Shavin' Talk (Live)

6. Walkin' Blues Again (Live)

7. Tell Riley (Live)

8. Connected (Live)

9. New World Comin' Through (Live)

10. Thanks For The Joy (Live)

11. For You (Live)

12. Put Your Love First (Live)

13. If You Were Not My Woman (Live)

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Track List: Get On Board

1. Spirit I Am

2. The Promised Land

3. New Beale Street Blues

4. Get Onboard

5. If Our Hearts Ain't In It

6. Pockets

7. River Blues

8. Deep In My Soul

9. Conversation

10. God's Kingdom

11. Step By Step

12. Stayed On Freedom

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Track List: An Evening With Eric Bibb

1. Good Stuff 3:45

2. Shingle By Shingle 3:41

3. Needed Time 4:37

4. Lonesome Valley 3:05

5. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down 4:01

6. Sebastians Tune 2:38

7. Got To Do Better 3:47

8. Panama Hat 4:18

9. To Know You Is To Love You 4:13

10. No More Cane On The Brazos 6:40

11. Right On Time 5:58

12. For You 6:23

13. In My Father's House 6:15

14. I Heard The Angels Singing 5:22

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Track List: Diamond Days

1. Tall Cotton

2. Destiny Blues

3. Shine On

4. So Glad

5. Storybook Hero

6. Diamond Days

7. Dr Shine

8. Heading Home

9. In My Father's House

11. Buckets Of Rain

12. Still Livin' On

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Track List: A Retrospective: Livin' Lovin' & Doin'

4. Tell Riley

5. For You

6. I Heard The Angels Singing

7. Every Time It Rains

8. Needed Time

9. Five Hundred Miles

10. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down

11. Panama Hat

12. Right On Time

13. Mandela Is Free

14. Gonna Walk This Road

15. Trust The Dawn

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Track List: A Ship Called Love

1. A Ship Called Love

2. Victory Voices

3. Right Where We Are

4. Like Aretha Loves To Sing

6. The Way You Are

7. Stickin' To You

8. Troubadour

9. That's What I Do

10. Turning World

12. Faded Jeans

13. When I Hear The Waves

14. Praise 'n' Thanksgiving

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Track List: Friends

1. 99 1/2 Won't Do

2. Six O'Clock Blues

3. Goin' Down Slow

4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes

5. For You

6. The Cape

7. 'Tain't Such A Much

8. Needed Time

9. If I Stayed

10. Connected

11. Ribbons And Bows

12. Just Look Up

13. Cowgirl Queen

14. Kulanjan / Sebastian's Tune

15. Dance Me To The End Of Love

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Track List: Booker’s Guitar

1. Booker’s Guitar

2. With My Maker I Am One

3. Flood Water

4. Walkin' Blues Again

5. Sunrise Blues

6. Wayfaring Stranger

7. Train From Aberdeen

8. New Home

9. Nobody’s Fault But Mine

10. One Soul To Save

11. Rocking Chair

12. Turning Pages

13. A Good Woman

14. Tell Riley

15. A – Z Blues

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just found him.. love it
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Talk about a cool upbringing.. . l u c k y soul to be related to the Modern Jazz Quartet!
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beautiful voice and delivery. nice to discover. new fan
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I'm a fan. Very refreshing
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Caught him first on an ETV showing of Transatlanti c Sessions. Been a fan ever since!
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jp1451
If this doesn't get you hooked on the blues nothin will. I will always be hooked.
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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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