Eric Bibb

For Black History Month we go into the archive to replay a live interview and concert with Eric Bibb. Eric was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar at age seven. Growing up surrounded by talent in the Greenwich Village folk scene, 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.” When Bibb was 16 years old, his father invited him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show Someone New. In 1969, aged 19, he left for Paris, where he met guitarist Mickey Baker who focused his interest on blues guitar.

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