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April 11, 2007

Eric Bibb Performs Western Canadian Tour

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music live in Canada

Acoustic blues pared down to the essence

Blues guitarist and recording artist Eric Bibb makes a stop to perform in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, April 18 as part of his western Canadian tour. The concert, which will take place at the Salmar Theatre, is presented as part of the Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival’s ongoing concert series.

Bibb’s soulful folk-blues music is a blend of traditional with contemporary styles, his masterful finger-picking and smooth vocal has earned him two W.C. Handy nominations and won him the British Blues Award.

Born and raised in New York, Bibb was heavily influenced by his ’60s folk-singing father, Leon. His uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. His godfather was singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson. Moving to Europe at 19, the artist has built successful careers on both sides of the ocean.

Bibb’s first signed to BMG/Sweden as a writer in the early ‘80s, later signing with the independent Swedish label Opus 3, where he produced several albums. Two of these, Spirit & The Blues and Good Stuff, were later released in the U.S., which helped to expand Bibb’s international audience. Bibb appeared at the London Blues Festival in 1996, and has toured the world many times since, appearing at festival and club dates in the U.S., Canada, UK and Europe.

Bibb joined the Telarc label in 2004 as one-third of Sisters & Brothers, a gospel-flavored blues collaboration that also featured musical soulmates Rory Block and Maria Muldaur. Later that same year, he recorded Friends, a solo effort with guest appearances by several longtime musical friends and collaborators, including Taj Mahal, Odetta, Guy Davis and Charlie Musselwhite. In September 2005, Bibb released A Ship Called Love, a fourteen track tapestry of blues, folk and balladry. His latest, Diamond Days (Telarc 2006) was recorded in UK, Sweden and Canada.

Wednesday, April 18
Eric Bibb
Salmar Theatre / Salmon Arm

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