Blues legend ERIC BIBB has today released his critically acclaimed new album ‘Ridin’, shortly ahead of an extensive headline tour of the UK and Ireland. 

The follow-up to his multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Dear America’, ‘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 and singers from around the globe.

The concept album draws inspiration from the oil painting A Ride For Liberty (1862) by Eastman Johnson, which depicts an African American family fleeing enslavement in the southern USA during the American Civil War. The album’s themes of struggle, liberation, and perseverance and Bibb’s captivating storytelling prove once again that the blues are a powerful tool for social commentary.

Says Bibb; “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.” 

‘Ridin’’ contains the singles “Ridin’”, “500 Miles” “Family” and “The Ballad of John Howard Griffin feat. Russell Malone”, which was released to support US Black History Month.

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 synthesised 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

Tickets on sale here:



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 (Outro)

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