Blues legend Eric Bibb has announced details of h*is new album ‘Ridin” and r *eleased lead single “Family”, listen here .

Following the release of ‘ Ridin’’ (on March 24 on Repute Records) Bibb will embark on an extensive headline UK tour throughout May 2023. Full dates and details below.

The follow-up to his multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Dear America’, ‘ Ridin’‘ is a continuation of the vision that informs Bibb’s artistry as a modern-day Blues troubadour. Grounded in the folk and blues tradition with contemporary sensibilities, Bibb’s music continues to reflect his thoughts on current world events and his own lived experiences, whilst remaining entertaining, uplifting, inspirational and relevant.

“As a songwriter, studying African American history has always been a deep well of inspiration. The true stories of my ancestors and their communities are at the heart of many of the songs on my new album – Ridin’. Together with co-writer/producer Glen Scott we’ve created a concept album focusing on the ongoing task of understanding systemic racism and purging it from our world. For all its seriousness, Ridin’ is a funky, groovy, hopeful collection of songs that feature stellar guest appearances by Taj Mahal, Jontavious Willis, Russell Malone and Habib Koité. At a time when popular political movements are attempting to delete truth from the historical record, I feel called upon to sing songs that contribute to greater understanding and much-needed unity. The making of Ridin’ has been a labour of love. We hope you’ll enjoy the journey.” ERIC BIBB

The ethos for ‘Ridin” was hugely inspired by the oil painting by Eastman Johnson, A Ride For Liberty (1862) that depicts an African American family fleeing enslavement in the southern USA during the American Civil War. In Eric’s own words: “Johnson’s painting embodies all the hope, determination and courage that is at the core of the African American experience and needed now throughout the world.”

‘Ridin” is produced by Glen Scott and features Habib Koite, Taj Mahal, Steve Jordan, Tommy Sims, Harrison Kennedy, Russell Malone, Jontavious Willis as well as a host of brilliant session musicians & singers from around the globe.

A two-time Grammy Award nominee with multiple Blues Foundation awards, Eric Bibb is known and revered globally for having carved his own musical destiny with honesty and power. Eric’s father, the late Leon Bibb, was an activist, actor, and folk singer who marched at Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King. Eric’s youth was spent immersed in the Village folk scene. Names like Dylan, Baez, and Seeger were visitors to his home. He was deeply influenced by Odetta, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal – who guests on ‘Ridin” – and he has synthesized all of that into his very own style.



May 3 Basingstoke The Anvil

May 4 Pontardawe Arts Centre

May 5 Birmingham Town Hall

May 6 Wimborne Tivoli Theatre

May 8 Bury St. Edmunds The Apex

May 9 Bexhill on Sea De la Warr Pavilion

May 11 London King’s Place

May 13 Frome Cheese & Grain

May 14 Exeter Phoenix

May 16 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall

May 17 Glasgow Saint Lukes

May 19 Manchester Stoller Hall

May 20 Leeds City Varieties Music Hall

May 22 Whitley Bay Playhouse

May 23 Milton Keynes The Stables

May 25 Belfast Mandela Hall

May 26 Dublin Liberty Hall Theatre

May 28 Limerick Dolan’s

May 29 Cork Cyprus Avenue



01 Family

02 Ridin’

03 Blues Funky Like Dat feat. Taj Mahal & Jontavious Willis

04 The Ballad of John Howard Griffin feat. Russell Malone

05 500 Miles

06 Tulsa Town

07 Onwards (Interlude)

08 Hold The Line feat. Russell Malone

09 I Got My Own feat. Amar Sundy

10 Call Me By My Name feat. Harrison Kennedy

11 Joybells

12 Sinner Man with Eric Bibb String Band (Live at Wheatland Festival)

13 Free feat. Habib Koité

14 People You Love

15 Church Bells (Interlude)