| Eric Bibb|
| Vocal and guitar|
| 16 August 1951 (age 64) (1951-08-16) |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Acoustic folk-blues, Americana
Brothers In Bamako, Blues People, Painting Signs, Troubadour Live, Spirit & The Blues
Eric Bibb Wikipedia
Eric Charles Bibb (born August 16, 1951) is an American-born acoustic blues singer-songwriter. He moved to Europe in 1970 and currently resides in Sweden.
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 at age 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.
When Bibb was 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, later appeared 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 on 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 the 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 his 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). After that, he made A Family Affair (2002) with his father, Leon Bibb. This was followed by Natural Light, then Friends, which contained 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 remained with Telarc Records from 2004 until 2011, releasing several additional albums including, A Ship Called Love in 2005, Diamond Days in 2007, and Spirit I Am in 2008. He 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, Bibb signed to Stony Plain Records.
Bibb received a Grammy nomination for Shakin' a Tailfeather. He has been nominated for several W.C. Handy Awards. He was nominated for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year for Spirit and the Blues in 2000, for Home to Me in 2001, for Natural Light in 2004, and for A Ship Called Love in 2006. He was nominated for Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2013.Ain't It Grand (MNW, 1972)
Rainbow People (Opus 3, 1977)
Golden Apples of the Sun (Opus 3, 1983)
Me to You (Code Blue, 1997)
Home to Me (Ruf, 1999)
Roadworks (Ruf, 2000)
Just Like Love (Opus 3, 2000)
Painting Signs (Ruf, 2001)
Natural Light (Manhaton, 2003)
A Ship Called Love (Telarc, 2005)
Diamond Days (Telarc, 2006)
12 Gates to the City (Luna, 2006)
Get On Board (2008)
Spirit I Am (2008)
Booker's Guitar (Telarc, 2010)
Blues Ballads & Work Songs (Opus 3, 2011)
Deeper in the Well (Stony Plain, 2012)
Jericho Road (Stony Plain, 2013)
The Haven (Luna, 2011)
Blues People (Stony Plain, 2014)
Migration Blues (2017)
Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: Olikalikadant (Caprice, 1978)
Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: April Fools (Opus 3, 1979)
Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: River Road (Opus 3, 1980)
Eric Bibb & Friends: Songs for Peace (Opus 3, 1982)
Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: Hello Stranger (Opus 3, 1983)
Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: A Collection Of Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb (Opus 3, 1993)
Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Spirit & The Blues (Opus 3, 1994)
Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Good Stuff (Opus 3, 1997)
Leon & Eric Bibb: A Family Affair (Manhaton, 2002)
Eric Bibb, Rory Block, & Maria Muldaur: Sisters & Brothers (Telarc, 2004)
Eric Bibb & Friends: Friends (Telarc, 2004)
Leon & Eric Bibb: Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson (Stony Plain, 2006)
Habib Koité - Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako (Stony Plain, 2012)
Eric Bibb & Andrew Maxfield: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (2013)
Eric Bibb, Ale Möller & Knut Reiersrud: Blues Detour (2014)
Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau: Lead Belly's Gold (Dixiefrog, 2015)
Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson: The Happiest Man In The World (Dixiefrog, 2016)
Live At The Basement (2002)
An Evening with Eric Bibb (2007)
Live À FIP (a.k.a. Live At FIP) (Dixiefrog, 2009)
Troubadour Live With Staffan Astner (Telarc, 2011)
Up Close With Eric Bibb (2008)
Live At The Basement (2010)
The Guitar Artistry Of Eric Bibb (2011)
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)
Eric Bibb: Eric Bibb, A Retrospective ‒ with new studio track, "Trust the Dawn", and live track, "Saucer & Cup" (2006)