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Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb

Blues Beachwood, OH  US

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  • Tue

    Apr 28

    San Francisco, CA, US | 5:30pm

    Eric Bibb’s debut CD for Dixie Frog/Stony Plain — Deeper in the Well — may well have been one of the most important roots music albums of recent years. Not only does it cross genres — folk, gospel-infused acoustic blues, and down-home country — but it offers a sound steeped in the rural Louisiana where it was recorded. It also offers the spirit of hope and optimism in difficult times, in a friendly, warm-hearted and generous manner. To find your way though these darker days, he seems to say, you have to dig — as the album title says — “Deeper in the Well.” Eric Bibb’s father, Leon Bibb, certainly helped his son dig a little deeper. An acclaimed singer in stage musicals and a senior figure on the New York folk scene of the 1960s, Leon gave his son his first guitar when he was seven, and introduced him to a who’s-who of musical icons. Eric’s godfather was actor singer and activist Paul Robeson; his uncle was jazz pianist and composer John Lewis. Family friends included Odetta, Pete Seeger and Josh White. A professional player at 16, playing in the house band for his father’s television talent show, Something New, Eric went on to study (psychology and Russian) at Columbia University, but “after a while it just didn’t make much sense; I didn’t understand why I was at this Ivy League school with all these kids who didn’t know anything about what I knew about,” he says now. Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American studio guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar. A few years later he moved to Sweden and settled in Stockholm, where he found a creative environment that, oddly, reminded him of his teenage days in Greenwich Village. He made a handful of albums, starting in 1972, and began meeting and playing with local musicians as well as newcomers from all over the world. He laughs: “There was a budding world music scene going on, long before it became a marketing concept.” His breakthrough album, Good Stuff, was released in 1997 and led to Eric signing to a British label, which in turn released Me to You, featuring appearances from some of his personal heroes, among them Pops and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal.

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  • Wed

    Apr 29

    San Francisco, CA, US | 5:30pm

    Eric Bibb’s debut CD for Dixie Frog/Stony Plain — Deeper in the Well — may well have been one of the most important roots music albums of recent years. Not only does it cross genres — folk, gospel-infused acoustic blues, and down-home country — but it offers a sound steeped in the rural Louisiana where it was recorded. It also offers the spirit of hope and optimism in difficult times, in a friendly, warm-hearted and generous manner. To find your way though these darker days, he seems to say, you have to dig — as the album title says — “Deeper in the Well.” Eric Bibb’s father, Leon Bibb, certainly helped his son dig a little deeper. An acclaimed singer in stage musicals and a senior figure on the New York folk scene of the 1960s, Leon gave his son his first guitar when he was seven, and introduced him to a who’s-who of musical icons. Eric’s godfather was actor singer and activist Paul Robeson; his uncle was jazz pianist and composer John Lewis. Family friends included Odetta, Pete Seeger and Josh White. A professional player at 16, playing in the house band for his father’s television talent show, Something New, Eric went on to study (psychology and Russian) at Columbia University, but “after a while it just didn’t make much sense; I didn’t understand why I was at this Ivy League school with all these kids who didn’t know anything about what I knew about,” he says now. Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American studio guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar. A few years later he moved to Sweden and settled in Stockholm, where he found a creative environment that, oddly, reminded him of his teenage days in Greenwich Village. He made a handful of albums, starting in 1972, and began meeting and playing with local musicians as well as newcomers from all over the world. He laughs: “There was a budding world music scene going on, long before it became a marketing concept.” His breakthrough album, Good Stuff, was released in 1997 and led to Eric signing to a British label, which in turn released Me to You, featuring appearances from some of his personal heroes, among them Pops and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal. The album furthered Bibb’s international reputation and was followed by tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany. And so it went through the 90s and the first decade of the new century — he made consistently good records, and built audiences from Stockholm to Sydney, Vancouver to Vienna, Paris to Peoria, New Orleans to Newcastle, and from B.B. King’s club in New York to the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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  • Fri

    May 1

    Albuquerque, NM, US | 3:00pm

    Eric Bibb with special guest, Michael Jerome Brown sponsored by OGB Architectural Millwork Multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated folk-roots-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, Eric Bibb returns to Outpost on the heels of his Fall 2014 release, Blues People, which he notes is in part a tribute to the memory of the great Dr. Martin Luther King. Steve Legget of AllMusic writes, Bibbs version of folk-blues is closer to gospel in tone, with a strong commitment to betterment and change, bereft of personal demons, and filled instead with cultural ones. Raised in a household filled with music, where family friends included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan and the late Paul Robeson (his godfather), Eric Bibb is the son of folk singer Leon Bibb. His uncle was renowned jazz pianist and composer, John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Early in his career, Bibb spent a few years in Paris, later settling in Stockholm, Sweden. Bibb, who makes Albuquerque a consistent stop on his tours, has released many acclaimed recordings, toured the world, and in 2013, was named the Memphis Blues Foundations Artist of the Year. He will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Brown, who will open the evening with a short solo set of his own. All Ages

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  • Sun

    May 3

    Boulder, CO, US | 7:00pm
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  • Sat

    May 9

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