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With a career that has spanned five decades, Eric Bibb is one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A fiery singer with true soul, folk and gospel roots, his blues are honest and powerful, enjoyable and accessible.
Grounded in the folk/blues tradition, Bibb’s music has been called classy and consistent, uplifting and inspiring. Never trend-led, nor dictated to by commercial concerns, Eric follows his heart. He explains, “Even if I branch off in different directions, I try to stay close to my roots. My style and sound was never consciously designed, but I tend to gravitate towards certain music.”
Eric has performed for Nelson Mandela, for the King of Sweden and other international dignitaries. He plays an average of 150 shows a year, and has released 38 albums following his debut, ‘Ain’t It Grand’ in 1972.
Eric is one of a growing number of contemporary artists keeping traditional country blues and related American folk music alive and evolving. As a singer-songwriter he’s finding it easier than ever to attract and reach new audiences, especially among younger people. “There’s an increased interest in Americana (which, of course, includes blues) and a lot of younger players are discovering who I am through YouTube. Fortunately, I have managed to stay current without veering from my musical path.”
In 2015 he released ‘Lead Belly’s Gold’ and received a standing ovation with his show-stopping performance at the Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall. Eric was back in the studio in autumn 2016, working on a new album, ‘Migration Blues’.
Original Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, who hosts the American show ‘House of Blues Radio Hour’ declared to Eric: “You are what the blues in the new century should be about.” While another critic wrote: “He has all the ingredients for stardom – handsome good looks, a voice as strong and soulful as they come, the guitar chops to hold his own against the best and he writes compelling, sensitive songs. His blues are clean, beautifully sung, soulful and upbeat”.
Eric Bibb is at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 14 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for details.