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Eric Bibb

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Eric Bibb: award-winning roots music artist Eric Bibb sings about Blues People on new Stony Plain Records CD, with special guests Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Ruthie Foster

 

Eric Bibb, one of the highest profile international roots music artists, was raised in New York City by a musical family; his father is noted folk singer Leon Bibb and his uncle was world-famous jazz pianist John Lewis, founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Legendary actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson was Eric’s godfather, and other music icons such as Peter Seeger, Odetta and Bob Dylan were known to regularly visit the Bibb household.

Eric was given his first guitar at age seven, and by the time he’d reached 16 was asked by his father to play guitar in the house band for the elder Bibb’s local New York City TV talent show. In 1970, Eric Bibb left New York City for Paris, meeting legendary guitarist Mickey Baker, and began to concentrate on playing blues guitar. He later moved to Europe and is now based in Finland, from which he tours extensively both in the U.S. and overseas.

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.

During the course of many album releases over the intervening years, Eric Bibb has won the Blues Music Award as “Acoustic Artist of the Year” and been nominated for a Grammy, as well as multiple additional blues Music Award nominations. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Shakin’ a Tailfeather children’s album (with Taj Mahal, 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. More recent was his 2010 Booker’s Guitar, a tribute to blues pioneer Bukka White, on which he played White’s steel-bodied National guitar.

Eric’s latest album for Stony Plain Records, one of the world’s foremost roots music labels, is Blues People, produced by Glen Scott, who also plays several instruments throughout. Blues People includes special guest performances by Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster (who Eric has been touring with in recent years), Popa Chubby and a number of other musicians from around the world.

The 15 tracks on Blues People include a number of Eric Bibb originals, as well as collaborations with other songwriters, plus songs written by Guy Davis (“Chocolate Man”), Rev. Gary Davis (“I Heard the Angels Singin’”) and the traditional, “Needed Time,” arranged by Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb and Glen Scott.

The concept of Blues People came to Eric Bibb when he was surrounded by his musical friends at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis a few years back. It inspired him to create a collection of songs about change and hope, in collaboration with many of his friends in the blues and roots music realm.

“In the introduction to his classic book, Blues People, Amiri Baraka (who published it as LeRoi Jones) wrote: ‘The path the slave took to ‘citizenship’ is what I want to look at,’” writes Eric Bibb in the album’s liner notes. “That same path, along with its continuation, provided much inspiration for this album called Blues People. This record is also a tribute to the tribe of blues troubadours that I’m grateful to be a member of and it features the talents of several friends and heroes of mine. We, who traverse the highways and skyways of the planet playing the music known as blues, have become a rainbow tribe. We hail from many lands and cultures, bonded by our love of this music and the challenge of making it our own. What began in the fields of the southern United States, became a universal treasure, cherished by music lovers the world over.

“My intention with these songs is to focus on some of the history of African Americans, the original blues people, as a reminder of what we’ve been through and where the music is coming from. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my greatest heroes. The Civil Rights movement that he is synonymous with is referred to in several songs on this album. I hope these songs will remind us that Dr. King’s dream is still a work in progress – we are still not home. May the New Year bring us closer to living that dream.”

A four-decade career, 36 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop 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.

Blues People

Blues People
SPCD 1379
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 November 2014

The concept of 'Blues People' came to Eric Bibb when he was at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis. It inspired him to create a collection of songs about change and hope in collaboration with friends like Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ruthie Foster, Michael Jerome Browne, Harrison Kennedy and many others.

  1. Silver Spoon (4:21)
  2. Driftin' Door To Door (3:25)
  3. God's Mojo (4:14)
  4. Turner Station (3:54)
  5. Pink Dream Cadillac (2:38)
  6. Chocolate Man (4:01) feat. Guy Davis
  7. Rosewood (5:01)
  8. I Heard The Angels Singin' (3:45) feat. J.J. Milteau, The Blind Boys Of Alabama
  9. Dream Catchers (4:17) feat. Harrison Kennedy, Ruthie Foster
  10. Chain Reaction (3:23) feat. Glen Scott
  11. Needed Time (6:29) feat. Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster
  12. Out Walkin' (2:19)
  13. Remember The Ones (3:35) feat. Linda Tillery
  14. Home (4:33) feat. Andre De Lange
  15. Where Do We Go (4:01) feat. Leyla McCalla
  16. Turner Station (Acoustic Version) (3:20) DIGITAL ONLY

Reviews:

Gonzo Online
By John The Rock Doctor Kereiff
"
An award winning roots artist, Eric Bibb has just released one of the bluest albums of the year, and perhaps of his career. A collection of originals, collaborations and covers, Blues People is about as soulful as music can get. - See more at: http://gonzoonline.ca/music/music-news/809-the-record-box-for-sunday-november-16th-2014.html#sthash.qwjjcoBn.dpuf
An award winning roots artist, Eric Bibb has just released one of the bluest albums of the year, and perhaps of his career. A collection of originals, collaborations and covers, Blues People is about as soulful as music can get."

Jericho Road

Jericho Road
SPCD 1370
Genre: Blues/World
Released: 5 November 2013

Jericho Road reflects the many musical influences that have informed Eric Bibb’s writing throughout his career: World music sounds, blues, folk and soul all find their way into the songs.

Eric gives a whole new meaning to the blues of the 21st Century, proving that the genre remains as lively and relevant as ever.

  1. Drinkin' Gourd (3:04)
  2. Freedom Train (3:25)
  3. Let The Mothers Step Up (3:32)
  4. Have A Heart (4:30)
  5. The Right Thing (4:10)
  6. Death Row Blues (3:45)
  7. Can't Please Everybody (4:36)
  8. The Lord's Work (3:30)
  9. With My Maker I Am One (4:37)
  10. They Know (4:06)
  11. She Got Mine (2:31)
  12. Good Like You (4:24)
  13. One Day At A Time (12:28) (includes bonus tracks: Now & Nanibali)

Reviews:

Living Blues Magazine #228 Dec 2013
By Melanie Young
"Eric Bibb's Jericho Road is an ultimately uplifiting journey"

Brothers In Bamako

Brothers In Bamako
SPCD 1362
Genre: World/Blues
Released: 6 November 2012

On the pathways between Memphis & Mali’s capital, Bamako, is the musical crossroad of Habib Koité and Eric Bibb. Uniting two soulful histories into a never-before heard guitar sound that is passionate and ebullient.

Growing up in Mali, West Africa, Koité is heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa.

Bibb’s lineage in the traditional blues sound has produced an earthy mix of folk and gospel dating back to the work songs of the deep south.

Forging a bridge across the Atlantic, Bibb and Koité are two talents too exhilarating to ignore with this collaboration.

  1. On My Way To Bamako (3:15)
  2. L.A. (5:38)
  3. Touma Ni Kelen/Needed Time (4:41)
  4. Tombouctou (4:03)
  5. We Don't Care (4:01)
  6. Send Us Brighter Days (3:58)
  7. Nani Le (2:32)
  8. Khafolé (4:19)
  9. With My Maker I Am One (4:26)
  10. Foro Bana (5:25)
  11. Mami Wata (1:36)
  12. Blowin' In The Wind (4:46)
  13. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad (4:01)

Reviews:

Living Blues
By Stephen A. King
Brothers In Bamako is worthy of a Grammy nomination.

Deeper In The Well

Deeper In The Well
SPCD 1360
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 March 2012

Eric Bibb's Deeper in the Well is a unique combination of traditional and contemporary Louisiana music. Acclaimed folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb is backed by an all-star Louisiana band including multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, fiddler Cedric Watson, drummer Danny Devillier and harmonica player Grant Dermody. Special guests include Michael Jerome Browne, Jerry Douglas and Christine Balfa.

Eric Bibb is one of the highest profile roots musicians, having been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards and a Grammy. He will be touring extensively throughout 2012.

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  1. Bayou Belle (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:13)
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  2. Could Be You, Could Be Me (2:39)
  3. Dig A Little Deeper In The Well (4:07)
  4. Money In Your Pocket (4:16)
  5. Boll Weevil (3:26)
  6. Sinner Man (4:53)
  7. In My Time (3:48)
  8. Music (3:40)
  9. Movin' Up (2:54)
  10. No Further (3:41)
  11. Every Wind In The River (4:38)
  12. Sittin' In A Hotel Room (2:49)
  13. The Times They Are A Changin' (5:44)

Reviews:

About.com Best Blues Albums of 2012
By Reverend Keith A. Gordon

 "Bibb has delivered another gem"

Praising Peace A Tribute to Paul Robeson

Praising Peace A Tribute to Paul Robeson
SPCD 1318
Genre: Folk/Blues
Released: 16 May 2006
  1. The Prelude (Ol' Man River) (:37)
  2. Joe Hill (2:44)
  3. Praising Peace (4:07)
  4. Put On Your Robes Son (3:51)
  5. Motherless Child (3:33)
  6. Home In That Rock (2:40)
  7. Weepin' Mary (1:33)
  8. The House I Live In (2:34)
  9. Shenandoah / The Water is Wide (4:01)
  10. On Our Journey (4:01)
  11. Danny Boy (3:40)
  12. Deep River (2:10)
  13. Ol' Man River (2:47)
  14. A Friend Like You (3:52)
  15. A Friend Like You (3:52)
  16. A Friend Like You (3:52)