Get onboard with a blues prodigy

INTERNATIONAL folk-blues ambassador Eric Bibb is returning to play to Australian fans in March 2009 in support of his stunning new album, Get Onboard.

And he's set to groove into Bellingen tonight.

Produced by Eric Bibb and his producer Glen Scott, Bibb's latest release Get Onboard is Eric's finest album to date, and significantly topped the most added list at US Triple A radio (adult album alternative) earlier this year.

Featuring guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster, the album signals a deeper exploration into his musical roots.

Eric himself said, “My new album is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting projects of my career. It's a further exploration into the place where blues meets gospel and soul.”

For fans of sublime bass playing, the exquisite Danny Thompson, who began his career in the legendary sixties folk rock group Pentangle and has gone on to accompany artists such as Roy Orbison, Richard Thompson and Kate Bush, will join Eric on stage for the tour.

Eric Bibb's music is a rich blend of the blues with elements of folk, country, gospel, and soul.

He is the son of a New York folk singer, who influenced Eric immeasurably with exposure to a wide variety of acoustic folk music and the opportunity to “hang out” with performers in the sixties when Eric was a young boy.

He later went on to immerse himself in pre-war blues guitar playing and song writing, moved to Europe in his twenties and eventually settled in Sweden where a world music folk scene was emerging ahead of being marketed throughout the globe.

Don't miss Eric Bibb live at the Bellingen Memorial Hall tonight.

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