BMA Awards Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year
Eric Bibb

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
doors 5:30pm (for dinner reservations, call Harlow's)
showtime 7pm

Harlow's - 916.441.4693
2708 J St., Sacramento CA 95616

Grammy Nominee and 2012 Blues Music Award-winner, folk-blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb brings a unique, fresh repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk blues and Americana roots with a heavy dose of Louisiana heritage.

Like his friends and collaborators, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo', Eric Bibb lives at the intersection of blues, folk and gospel. He won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist. A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop international touring have given Eric Bibb a world view that's tempered by curiosity and compassion, and the ability to see himself in other peoples' shoes.

Gotta help one another
Like the ol' folks used to do
A hand is on the gate
Let a brother walk through
- Eric Bibb

The new album 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.

Over the course of many album releases over the intervening years Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Shakin' a Tailfeather children's album (with Taj Mahal and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), other noted albums included Friends, which featured Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and Mahal as special guests. Two collaborations with his father (who lives in Vancouver) were A Family Affair and Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson, which Stony Plain released in 2006. In 2010 Booker's Guitar, a tribute to blues pioneer Bukka White, on which he played White's steel-bodied National guitar.

See Eric's hit: "Don't Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down"