A Ship Called Love Eric Bibb
- 1A Ship Called Love03:10
- 2Victory Voices03:08
- 3Right Where We Are03:40
- 4Like Aretha Loves to Sing04:04
- 5I'll Never Lose You03:42
- 6The Way You Are03:13
- 7Stickin' to You04:26
- 9That's What I Do04:35
- 10Turning World04:13
- 11More O' That04:04
- 12Faded Jeans03:48
- 13When I Hear the Waves03:33
- 14Praise 'N' Thanksgiving03:42
Info for A Ship Called Love
Guitarist Eric Bibb has spent more than three decades developing a reputation as one of the finest folk-blues balladeers of his generation. In that time, he has inspired audiences and listeners on either side of the Atlantic with music that is more than just entertainment. Amid the compelling melodies, masterful acoustic guitar work and stirring lyrics is an unmistakably spiritual element that enriches the lives of every person Bibb's music touches. Over the years, Bibb's multi-faceted career has taken him from his native New York City to various European locales, he is currently living in the UK, and this has instilled in him a decidedly global view of the human condition with all of its joys and sorrows. Steeped in various shades of blues, folk, gospel and reggae, 'A Ship Called Love' is a reflective fourteen-song set that reaches out across boundaries with simple yet straightforward messages of love, unity and peace.
Eric Bibb, vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars
Chuck Anthony, electric rhythm guitars
Figge Bostrom, electric guitar, programming, backing vocals
Joacim Backman, bass & handclaps
Jim Pugh, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
Matilda Mondolina Bibb, intro, outro vocal
Kim Yarbrough, bass
Brady Blade, drums, tambourine & handclaps
Cyd Casson, percussion
The Memphis Horns
Nevada Cato, backing vocals
Like Josh White, Jr. — son of folk singer Josh White — singer, songwriter, and guitarist Eric Bibb was raised in the folk tradition, the son of folk singer Leon Bibb. Bibb's uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, part of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Bibb was raised in a music-filled household, and family friends in the '50s and '60s included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and the late Paul Robeson, who was named Eric's godfather. Bibb got his first steel guitar at age seven, and some advice from Dylan that he never forgot: "keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff." When he was 13, Bibb entered New York City's High School of Music and Art, where he studied double bass, vocals, classical guitar, and piano. When he was 16, his father asked him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show, Someone New.
In 1970, Bibb left New York City for Paris, where he met with guitarist Mickey Baker. There, he began to focus in on blues guitar, and, after moving to Stockholm, he became enamored with pre-war blues. He continued to write his own songs and perform during this time, and returned to New York in 1980 to pursue a career as a folk and blues singer. He moved back to Sweden five years later and continued performing, but also taught music in school. His debut, Spirit and the Blues, showcased the sounds of bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, and a gospel group, inspired by other recordings that married bluesmen like Leadbelly with gospel groups like the Golden Gate Quartet. He performed at the London Blues Festival in 1996, where he shared a set with Corey Harris and Keb' Mo', and he quickly followed up with 1997's Good Stuff. His third album, Me to You, featured performances and collaborations with some of his musical heroes, including Pops & Mavis Staples and Taj Mahal. He followed up the success of the album with tours of the U.K., U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden. He recorded and released Home to Me in 1999, Roadworks in 2000, Painting Signs and Just Like Love in 2001, and A Family Affair in 2001, which featured duets and solo tunes by Bibb and his father. Bibb joined Robert Cray on two U.S. tours in 2001 and 2002, and opened for Ray Charles in the summer of 2002. Bibb was nominated for a Grammy for "Shakin' a Tailfeather," and he has been nominated for many W.C. Handy Awards in a variety of categories.
Ever the prolific songwriter, forever brimming with new musical ideas and a freshness of appreciation with no dimming in his enthusiasm for performing, Bibb has kept up a hectic schedule of performing and recording since Home to Me and A Family Affair were released in 2001. He recorded Natural Light for Earthbeat in 2003, Roadworks and Sisters and Brothers in 2004, and Friends in 2004. His late-2000s recordings include A Ship Called Love, Diamond Days, and Twelve Gates to the City in 2006, and a collaboration with his father, Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson. Not all of Bibb's releases are available in the U.S., but most can be found via the Internet. He released a live album in 2007, An Evening with Eric Bibb, for the Telarc Blues label. 2008's Get on Board on Telarc Blues features performances by Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster. Bibb describes the sounds and songs on the album best when he says, it's "a further exploration into the place where blues meets gospel and soul." Troubadour Live, recorded at a December 9, 2010 concert in Stockholm, Sweden and featuring guest guitarist Staffan Astner, was released in 2011. Jericho Road, which found Bibb working once again with long-time collaborator, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Glen Scott, appeared in 2013.
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