Eric Bibb String Band
Friday, August 31, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)featuring Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson $24.50 advance / $26.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
August 31 8:00 pm

Eric Bibb's String BandFresh from winning the Acoustic Artist of the Year award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Eric Bibb brings his stellar band to the Freight for an evening of blues classics and originals. “The foundation of my playing and my songwriting is a broad base of roots of American music,” Eric says. “It’s blues, it’s country, it’s work songs, it’s ragtime, it’s spirituals. All of those things are in the hopper.” With a Grammy nomination and four W.C. Handy nominations, Eric has recorded 19 albums in his illustrious career, with guest appearances from friends like Pops and Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, and Taj Mahal. Not only is Eric a fingerpicking wonder on the guitar, but according to the Sunday Times, he’s “blessed with one of the most soulful voices in popular music.”

Eric grew up in a talented musical family. His father Leon was part of the New York folk scene of the 1960s. His uncle was world-famous pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Family friends included Pete Seeger and Odetta. Eric’s godfather was Paul Robeson. Eric lived in Stockholm for several years, where he found a treasure trove of fantastic pre-war blues disks. “I was able to dive into some obscure stuff and stay with it long enough to become part of what I do in terms of singing and writing.”

A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually. His band is remarkable too. Dirk Powell, a longtime Freight favorite, has played fiddle and banjo with Jack White, T-Bone Burnett, Joan Baez, and Loretta Lynn. Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter with four albums of his own to his credit. These immensely talented musicians meld traditional blues forms with a subtle contemporary sensibility to make music that should not be missed.

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