(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Blues legend Eric Bibb performs at Club Helsinki in Hudson, N.Y., on Friday, July 22, at 9. The Grammy- and W.C. Handy-nominated gentleman of song has brought his thoughtful music, soulful voice and blues-laced guitar picking to listeners around the world over the past four decades. Bibb has deep roots in American blues and folk tradition. The son of 1960s folk legend Leon Bibb, Eric’s uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Paul Robeson was his godfather.
Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.” Earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb’s ability to “use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own.”
After 19 albums, his newest and some feel finest recording features Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster and the results are dazzling. The album features a stellar lineup of musicians – the Nashville band included producer Glen Scott on keyboards, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton) on guitar, and Lemar Carter on drums (Joss Stone, India.Arie).
A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience – both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate, drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than spectators.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.