Eric Bibb’s music has been called “classy and consistent”, “uplifting” and “inspiring.” There is a spiritual aspect indelibly etched into its core.
“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. Over the years this has gelled into some kind of a brand.”
Grounded in the folk/blues tradition, the Bibb sound is unique, no matter which direction he chooses. Never trend-led, never dictated to by commercial concerns, not chasing chart positions or volume sales. Eric follows his heart and it hasn’t steered him wrong yet, propelling the blues into a new century.
In a 50 year career, 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 toured in around 25 countries. Bibb has released 38 albums – his debut was Ain’t It Grand in 1972 – and he has been a part of many collaborations on record and on stage.
Eric is one of a growing number of contemporary artists keeping traditional country blues and related American folk music alive and evolving.