Date(s) - 07/17/2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“(He) melds exquisite acoustic blues with full-throated spirituals, singing in a rich, expressive voice that always accentuates the positive.” — Los Angeles Times on Eric Bibb
“Muldaur approaches her material with a jeweler’s precision, cutting each tune scrupulously into a fine gem.” — San Francisco Chronicle
- Eric Bibb — vocals, guitar
- Maria Muldaur — vocals
Two of the most soulful and celebrated performers of American roots music – the singing guitarist Eric Bibb and vocalist Maria Muldaur – come together for a stirring night of duets encompassing country blues, gospel, folk and the swinging sounds of New Orleans and the bayou. The duo collaborated with acoustic blues master Rory Block on the acclaimed 2004 CD Sisters & Brothers, which covered classic blues, Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody,” and the rousing “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down,” one of several Bibb originals that “overflow with optimism,” wrote blues historian Lee Hildebrand. The Grammy-nominated musician — who last year was named the Memphis Blues Foundation’s Artist of the Year and released the 20th recording of his prolific career, Jericho Road — has collaborated with major artists like Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples and Odetta. He’s got a particularly strong connection with Muldaur, a gutsy-voiced veteran of the Greenwich Village folk scene that Bibb grew up in, rose to fame in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and to stardom when her seductive “Midnight at the Oasis” became a smash pop hit in 1974. Last year the Grammy-nominated singer released her 40th album, First Came Memphis Minnie, a tribute to the pioneering blues woman featuring an all-start cast including Koko Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.
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