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On Saturday, Sept. 1, award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Bibb will perform one show at the 24th Street Theatre. Joining Bibb will be preeminent Appalachian fiddler/mandolinist/banjoist Dirk Powell, Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler/accordionist Cedric Watson, and virtuoso harmonica player Grant Dermody.
Bibb was awarded the 2012 BMA for Best Acoustic Artist from the Blues Foundation. His album, “Blues, Ballads & Work Songs” (Opus 3 Records) has also been nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the folk music category. Additionally, “Troubadour Live,” released by Telarc in 2011, has been nominated for a Blues Foundation award in the best acoustic album category.
Bibb’s music crosses and blends the genres of blues, folk and gospel. His four-decade career likely began with his father’s gift of a guitar when young Bibb was seven. By sixteen, he was a professional musician, performing with the house band of his father’s television talent show. Bibb moved from the U.S. to France, and eventually settled in Sweden. He currently lives in Finland.
Bibb’s breakthrough album came in 1997 with the appropriate title, “Good Stuff,” and led to him signing with a British record label. “Me to You” was released and featured appearances from a few of his personal musical heroes – Pops and Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal. Bibb’s international reputation grew and included tours throughout the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Rounding the corner from the twentieth to the twenty-first century has not slowed Bibb, who collaborated with Taj Mahal, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and with the elder Bibb on projects including albums for children and tributes to other heroes like Paul Robeson.
On Saturday evening, Bibb will again collaborate with fine musicians in a not-to-be-missed performance of the Eric Bibb String Band featuring Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson.
Powell is considered an expert on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo style. Watson is a Creole artist playing fiddle and accordion who, like Powell and Bibb, has collaborated with many musicians, and who headlined the Sacramento Alliance Française annual Fête de la Francophonie in 2010. Watson has been nominated for several Grammies, both as a solo and group artist.
Thank local Swell Productions for bringing Bibb, Powell, Watson and Dermody to Sacramento. The stop is part of Bibb’s 2012 world premiere tour in support of his new album, “Deeper in the Well,” from Stony Plain Records. This latest release offers traditional and contemporary folk blues and Americana roots overlaid with Louisiana heritage.
Tickets are $27.50 in advance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the 24th Street Theatre at The Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.