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Eric Bibb

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Eric Bibb (b. 1951) is an American blues singer and guitarist, based in London, England, who has made his career largely in Europe.

Bibb was born on 16th August 1951 in New York into a musical family. His father, Leon Bibb, is a trained singer who sang in musical theatre and made a name for himself as part of the 1960s New York folk scene. His uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Family friends included Pete Seeger, Odetta, and actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Bibb’sgodfather.

Bibb was given his first steel-string guitar when he was seven years old. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing advised the eleven-year-old Bibb to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff”.

At sixteen years old, Bibb’s father invited him to play guitar in the house band for his television talent show Someone New. Bibb’s early musical heroes were from his father’s band, and included Bill Lee (father of director Spike), who appeared on Bibb’s album Me To You, years later.

In 1969, Bibb played guitar for the Negro Ensemble Company at St Mark’s place in New York, and went on to study Psychology and Russian at Colombia University, but at the age of nineteen he left for Paris, where a meeting with guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar. When he later moved to Sweden, Bibb found a creative environment which took him back to Greenwich Village during the heyday of the folk revival. Settling in Stockholm, Bibb immersed himself in pre-war blues and continued to write and perform.

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  • AnarchyKM

    I love his music; if he could only loose the religious stuff, I would start buying his albums

    16 Nov 8:58pm Reply
  • doobedoobe

    Happy Birthday Eric :)

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Roflek

    Where're this kind of bluesmans... So few of 'em these days

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
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    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Certainly influenced by Taj Mahal, great musician

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • davidcapper

    Went on the blues section of the itunes store earlier to randomly look for something new to listen to. Downloaded Deeper in the well and have already listened to it three times. Absolutely loving it!

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • NLLObStEr

    Discovered this artist today... and i already love his music!! Truly fantastic!

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    The Times They Are A Changin'...Indeed they are!

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • forest4953

    in the song Kokomo who is the person he is singing about? This is driving me insane.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Panna_Alicja

    can somebody tell me the name of the song with lines like these: "wrapped up in her arms it's where I do belong" "I could build a new Taj Mahal"? I would be very thankful ;)

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • gravemike

    Old School Blues with some interesting ideas:)

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • Ceelock

    Love the duet you did with Pura Fe' - "People You Love" Really helped me get through a rough time in my life.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sidrah12

    Your music sparks up my mood.

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • axelrot

    FOR YOU, magnifique ballade.

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ryanschmidt27

    Eric is tagged in my group! http://www.last.fm/group/2011+Blues+Music+Awards+Nominees

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • orre1337

    I love the Diamond days album, and I can't belive it's not on spotify :( I'm curious that destiny blues isn't in the top 10.

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Anton-ia

    I fell in love with this music! If you're tired or sad, it helps.

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • nallaSiobhan

    well, we're lucky that House's producent has such a great taste ;P cause "shine on" is amazing! and so is Eric Bobb :) House's bringing us a really good music ;]

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Danata17

    House brought me too)))))))cool

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • wazka89

    That's funny... we all watched House, and now listening "Shine On.".. like "the who - teenage wasteland" or "Alanis Morisette - not as we" etc. :D House define music trends! xD

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
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