Longtime friends and collaborators Ruthie Foster and Eric Bibb join forces to celebrate a night of joyful roots music. Performing on their own and together, the tour title, “Thanks for the Joy,” is drawn from a song written by Eric and performed by Ruthie.
Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster is one of the roots music world’s brightest stars. Her latest CD Let It Burn debuted earlier this year on three Billboard charts (Blues, Heatseekers, Top 200] with the Los Angeles Times proclaiming, “to call Ruthie Foster a blues singer is to miss a big chunk of her allure as a vocal stylist, one who draws from a range of influences…” Ruthie was among the most-honored artists at the 2012 Blues Music Awards with 3 nominations and 2 wins. She’s made impact appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Si. Heritage Festival, Monterey and North Sea Jazz Festivals and many more, as well as being featured on national programs such as Austin City Limits, All Things Considered and NPR’s Weekend Edition. Ruthie Foster is a powerful performer who always makes an emotional impact on her audiences.
Eric Bibb is a Grammy nominee and 2012 Blues Music Award winner. As the godson of Paul Robeson, the nephew of John Lewis, and the son of Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb was raised in an environment where music mattered crucially. He brings that same intensity, along with what the Dayton Daily News calls “grace, elegance and gentleness,” to the concert stage as a mature and increasingly popular performer. Touring prestigious venues and festivals round the world, a performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate.
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