A career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio and 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.
Born in New York City, Eric is the son of Leon Bibb, a senior figure on the New York folk scene of the 1960’s. Eric’s godfather was actor/singer and activist Paul Robeson and his uncle was the composer and jazz pianist John Lewis, founder the Modern Jazz Quartet. Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar. A few years later he moved to Sweden and settled in Stockholm, where he found a creative environment that, oddly enough, reminded him of his teenage days in Greenwich Village.
Eric made a handful of albums, starting in 1972, and began meeting and playing with local musicians, as well as other American expatriates. His breakthrough album, “Spirit & The Blues,” was released in 1994 and led to that modern wandering songster/troubadour embarking on tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden, and Germany and contracts with new labels. Over the course of many years, Eric has managed to gather a faithful and multinational “tribe” of musicians with whom he has recorded and performed with on stage.