Blues-blooded: Eric Bibb
One of today’s leading bluesmen, guitarist and singer Eric Bibb has music running through his veins. His father is folk singer and former television host Leon Bibb, his uncle was pianist John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and his godfather was eminent singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Bibb was a teenager when he first gravitated toward blues; now sixty-three, he’s been performing ever since. His original songs remain rooted in traditional blues, but with less grit and more polish, incorporating many of the influences that surrounded the musician when he was a child in a surprisingly fresh and modern way. Bibb promotes his new album, Blues People , with a show at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets, $15 to $30, are available by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.org.
— Loren Bienvenu