Blues-blooded: Eric Bibb

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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

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