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Eric Bibb in concert
|Birth name||Eric Bibb|
|Born||16 August 1951|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Acoustic folk-blues, Americana|
|Instruments||Vocal and guitar|
Eric Bibb (born 16 August 1951) is an American-born acoustic blues singer-songwriter. He moved to Europe in 1970 and currently resides in Helsinki, Finland, together with his Finnish wife and tour manager Sari Matinlassi-Bibb.
Bibb's father, Leon, was a musical theatre singer, who made a name for himself as part of the 1960s New York folk scene; his uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Family friends included Pete Seeger, and actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Bibb's godfather.
He was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar aged seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to "Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff" (as recounted in "The Transatlantic Sessions 5" program and DVD from the BBC).
Bibb remembers from his early teen years:
I would cut school and claim I was sick. When everyone would leave the house I would whip out all the records and do my own personal DJ thing all day long, playing Odetta, Joan Baez, the New Lost City Ramblers, Josh White.
At 16 years old, his father invited him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show "Someone New". Bill Lee, who played bass in this band, was later to appear on Bibb's albums Me To You and Friends. In 1969, Bibb played guitar for the Negro Ensemble Company at St. Mark's Place in New York. He went on to study Psychology and Russian at Columbia University, but did not finish these studies. The next year, aged 19, he left for Paris, where he met guitarist Mickey Baker who focused his interest in blues guitar.
Bibb moved to Stockholm, where he immersed himself in pre-war blues and the newly discovered world music scene, while he continued to write and perform. Good Stuff was released in 1997 on Opus 3 and American label Earthbeat. Bibb signed to the British-based Code Blue label, but only released one album, Me to You, featuring appearances from some of Bibb's personal heroes, Pops and Mavis Staples, and Taj Mahal. This was followed by tours of the UK, US, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany.
In the late 1990s Bibb joined forces with his then manager Alan Robinson to form Manhaton Records in Britain. The albums Home to Me (1999), Roadworks (2000) and Painting Signs (2001) followed, as did the 2005 releases for Opus 3, Just Like Love and Spirit & the Blues (Hybrid SACD of 1999 Earthbeat release). He now plays all over the world on tour; see Eric's Website for details. After that, he made A Family Affair (2002) with his father, Leon Bibb. This was followed by Natural Light then Friends – 15 tracks featuring Bibb duetting with friends and musicians he had met on his travels such as Taj Mahal, Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis, Mamadou Diabate and Djelimady Toukara.
In 2004, Eric Bibb released "Friends" as his debut release under Telarc International Corporation. Bibb has remained with Telarc Records since 2004 releasing several additional albums including, "A Ship Called Love" in 2005, "Diamond Days" in 2007, and "Spirit I Am" in 2008. Bibb released Booker's Guitar in January 2010 with music channeled from the Delta Guitar Master himself, Booker White, also known as Bukka White. In November 2011, he signed to Stony Plain Records.
Bibb has received a Grammy nomination for Shakin' a Tailfeather. He has been nominated for several W.C. Handy Awards. Nominated Acoustic Blues Album of the Year for Spirit and the Blues in 2000; for Home to Me in 2001; for Natural Light in 2004; for A Ship Called Love in 2006. Nominated Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year in 2002; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2008; and 2013.
Select studio albums
- Eric Bibb: Ain't it Grand (1972)
- Eric Bibb: Seans the Best (1972)
- Eric Bibb: Rainbow People (1977)
- Eric Bibb: Sean Bibb (1977)
- Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: Olikalikadant (1978)
- Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: April Fools (1979)
- Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: River Road (1980)
- Eric Bibb & Friends: Songs For Peace (1982)
- Bert Deivert & Eric Bibb: Hello Stranger (1983)
- Eric Bibb: Golden Apples Of The Sun (1983)
- Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: A Collection Of Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb (1993)
- Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Spirit & The Blues (1994)
- Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Good Stuff (1997)
- Eric Bibb: Me To You (1997)
- Eric Bibb: Home To Me (1999)
- Eric Bibb: Roadworks (1999)
- Eric Bibb: Just Like Love (2000)
- Eric Bibb: Painting Signs (2001)
- Leon & Eric Bibb: A Family Affair (2002)
- Eric Bibb: Natural Light (2003)
- Eric Bibb, Rory Block, & Maria Muldaur: Sisters & Brothers (2004)
- Eric Bibb & Friends: Friends (2004)
- Eric Bibb: A Ship Called Love (2005)
- Leon & Eric Bibb: Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson (2006)
- Eric Bibb: Diamond Days (2006)
- Eric Bibb: 12 Gates To The City (2006)
- Eric Bibb: Eric Bibb, A Retrospective ‒ with new studio track, "Trust The Dawn", and live track, "Saucer & Cup" (2006)
- Eric Bibb: Get On Board (2008)
- Eric Bibb: Spirit I Am (2008)
- Eric Bibb: Booker's Guitar (2010)
- Eric Bibb: Blues Ballads & Work Songs (2011)
- Eric Bibb: The Haven (2011)
- Eric Bibb: Deeper In The Well (2012)
- Habib Koité - Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako (2012)
- Eric Bibb & Andrew Maxfield: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (2013) 
- Eric Bibb: Jericho Road (2013)
- Eric Bibb: Blues People (2014)
Select live albums
- Eric Bibb: Live At The Basement (2002)
- Eric Bibb: An Evening with Eric Bibb (2007)
- Eric Bibb: Live À FIP (a.k.a. Live At FIP) (2009)
- Eric Bibb: Troubadour Live With Staffan Astner (2011)
- Eric Bibb, Ale Möller & Knut Reiersrud: Blues Detour (2014)
- Eric Bibb: Up Close With Eric Bibb (2008)
- Eric Bibb: Live At The Basement (2010)
- Eric Bibb: The Guitar Artistry Of Eric Bibb (2011)
Select special appearances & compilations
- Cyndee Peters: När Morgonstjärnan Brinner (1987)
- Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Taj Mahal, & Eric Bibb: Shakin' A Tailfeather (1997)
- Various artists: Jazz FM Presents Absolute Blues (1997)
- Various artists: Bob Harris Presents (Volume 1) (1999)
- Various artists: Hippity Hop (1999)
- Various artists: All You Need Is Love (Beatles Songs For Kids) (1999)
- Various artists: Putumayo Presents Mali To Memphis (An African-American Odyssey) (1999)
- Various artists: Putumayo Presents World Playground (A Musical Adventure For Kids) (1999)
- Various artists: Screamin' & Hollerin' The Blues (2000)
- Various artists: Blue Haze (Songs Of Jimi Hendrix) (2000)
- Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues (2001)
- Various artists: Putumayo Kids Presents Reggae Playground (2006)
- Rave Magazine, Brisbane, 2 May 2011: Eric Bibb Retrieved 2012-03-12
- Milkowski, Bill (September 1999). "Bluetones". JazzTimes 29 (7): 69. ISSN 0272-572X. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- Washburn, Jim (6 March 1999). "Eric Bibb Feels No Pain When Singing Blues". LA Times. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- "All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Eric Bibb on Mountain Stage". National Public Radio. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Mercer, Dickson (22 July 2011). "Eric Bibb Plays Worldly Blues". South Maryland News. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Gilbert, Andrew (3 July 2009). "Bluesman Eric Bibb Taps Into The Spiritual Power of Music". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Montague, Tony (15 July 2004). "Eric Bibb Gathers 'Friends' From Some High Places". straight.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- "Eric Bibb Lives His Legacy". The Vancouver Province. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- "Stony Plain Records Signs Acclaimed Folk Blues Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Eric Bibb". Mi2N. November 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
- Edmonton Journal, September 10, 2011: Bibb draws inspiration from folk-blues pioneers Retrieved 2012-03-12
- "The Official Web Site of Eric Bibb". Ericbibb.com. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "The Blues Foundation". Blues.org. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music Official Website Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
- Official website
- Video: In My Father's House on YouTube
- Video: Tell Ol' Bill on YouTube
- Illustrated Eric Bibb discography
- Discover the interview of Eric Bibb on E.K. TV as well as his songs "I Heard the Angels Singing", "Stagolee", "New Home" and "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down"
- Artist Biography by Richard Skelly - All Music Portal