GRAMMY Award-nominated singer-songwriter Eric Bibb brings his brand of acoustic blues to Pruis Hall on the campus of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306, on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, at 7:30pm. Bibb is supporting his latest album, “Lead Belly’s Gold – Live at the Sunset and more” released November 6th, 2015.
As his biography aptly states…a career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio & television shows and non-stop touring has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A Progressive preservationist, a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, enjoyable and accessible, his blues are honest and powerful.
Having enjoyed success in Europe, GRAMMY Award-nominated Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face – and voice – in the United States. As a recording artist, Eric earned a GRAMMY Award-nomination for his collaboration with Taj Mahal, Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir on the children’s record, “Shakin’ A Tailfeather” released October 27, 1997. In 2001, “Painting Signs” was recognized by New Age Voice as a finalist for Best Folk Album. He joined Maria Muldaur and Rory Block to record the gospel-flavored “Sisters & Brothers”, and then released “Friends”, a collection of duets with Taj Mahal, Odetta, and others. His latest, “Lead Belly’s Gold – Live at the Sunset and more” is a collaboration with French harp-player J.J. Milteau in tribute to Huddie William Ledbetter, a popular American folk and blues musician also known as, Lead Belly.
Bibb has also been nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and is winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards. He has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.” As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to his ability to “use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own.”
Bibb is a native New Yorker with deep roots in the American blues and folk tradition. The son of 1960s folk and musical theater singer and television personality Leon Bibb, Eric’s uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Paul Robeson was his godfather. As a boy, he was surrounded by major musical figures of the times. By age 19 he was playing in Parisian restaurants, and has been based primarily in Europe ever since.
A breakout performance at the 1996 London Blues Festival catapulted Bibb to a higher level of visibility, especially in Britain. Since then, he has toured the world and performed at major festivals including, The Glastonbury Cambridge Folk Festival, The Barbican American Festival, The Guinness Blues Festival, Midfytns Festival in Denmark, Cognac Blues Festival in France, Byron Bay & Port Fairey in Australia, WOMEX in Sweden, Vancouver, Edmonton & Calgary Folk Festivals in Canada, Montreal Jazz Festival, Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and San Francisco Jazz. He joined Robert Cray on U.S. tours in 2001 and 2002 and opened shows for Ray Charles.
Bibb’s rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine finger-picking technique. Purveying a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful folk-blues, Bibb has no problem blending various genres effortlessly, melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle, contemporary sensibility.
A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience — both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate, drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than spectators. [from Eric Bibb biography]
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306