2012 World Premiere Tour:
Eric Bibb String Band
featuring Dirk Powell & Cedric Watson
Eric Bibb - 2012 Winner Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist
Saturday, September 1, 2012
24th Street Theatre @ The Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community
2791 24th St., Sacramento CA 95818
Doors: 6:30pm, Show: 7:30pm
Tickets: $27.50 advance
Tickets Available at the Door
Concert info line : (916) 457-7553
Read about Eric in this week's San Francisco Chronicle (8/26/12)
(Sacramento, CA) Swell Productions is proud to announce the 2012 world premiere tour of The Eric Bibb String Band featuring Dirk Powell & Cedric Watson will be coming to Sacramento on Saturday, September 1.
Like his friends and collaborators, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo', Eric Bibb lives at the intersection of blues, folk and gospel. He just won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist. A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop international touring have given Eric Bibb a world view that's tempered by curiosity and compassion, and the ability to see himself in other peoples' shoes.
Gotta help one another
Like the ol' folks used to do
A hand is on the gate
Let a brother walk through
- Eric Bibb
The new album offers the spirit of hope and optimism in difficult times, in a friendly, warm-hearted and generous manner. To find your way though these darker days, he seems to say, you have to dig - as the album title says - "Deeper in the Well."
A professional player at 16, playing in the house band for his father's television talent show, Something New, Eric went on to study (psychology and Russian) at Columbia University, but "after a while it just didn't make much sense; I didn't understand why I was at this Ivy League school with all these kids who didn't know anything about what I knew about," he says now. Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American studio 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, 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 newcomers from all over the world. He laughs: "There was a budding world music scene going on, long before it became a marketing concept."
His breakthrough album, Good Stuff, was released in 1997 and led to Eric signing to a British label, which in turn released Me to You, featuring appearances from some of his personal heroes, among them Pops and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal.
The album furthered Bibb's international reputation and was followed by tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany. And so it went through the 90s and the first decade of the new century - he made consistently good records, and built audiences from Stockholm to Sydney, Vancouver to Vienna, Paris to Peoria, New Orleans to Newcastle, and from B.B. King's club in New York to the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Over the course of many album releases over the intervening years Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Shakin' a Tailfeather children's album (with Taj Mahal and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), other noted albums included Friends, which featured Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and Mahal as special guests. Two collaborations with his father (who lives in Vancouver) were A Family Affair and Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson, which Stony Plain released in 2006. In 2010 Booker's Guitar, a tribute to blues pioneer Bukka White, on which he played White's steel-bodied National guitar.
See Eric's hit: "Don't Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down"
In 1994, Powell won the annual Mulate's Accordion Contest and started teaching accordion at home and abroad. He released two instructional videos on Cajun accordion, but he also started to refocus on the banjo and fiddle, releasing his solo 1996 Rounder debut, If I Go Ten Thousand Miles. Hand Me Down followed in 1999. In 2004, he issued Time Again on Rounder. His music has been featured in many films. His banjo playing in Spike Lee's satire, Bamboozled and The Brothers McMullen; his fiddle playing in Riverdance: The Show, and he appeared in the BBC documentary The Irish Empire, discussing Irish immigrant culture in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s. He scored the documentary Stevie, worked with with T-Bone Burnett on