Eric Bibb (August 16, 1951) is an American born acoustic blues singer-songwriter. 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 of the Modern Jazz Quartet His parents’ house was a center of artistic life where “getting to meet Rev. Gary Davis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins or Odetta had a profound effect on me”, reminisces Eric.
He was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar aged seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff”.
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. He 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.
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.