“Marital bliss and conjugal harmony are not
normally considered suitable topics for the blues.”
We just spent a sparkling … magical … enchanted … perfect (as in “how could this be any better?”) evening with Eric Bibb. Unforgettable. That smile. Those chords. That voice. Those words.
Our family discovered Eric Bibb last summer; in October we saw a few performances on Youtube. “If he ever comes within driving distance, we need to go see him,” said my non-concert-going husband. Well. One afternoon in December when I should have been writing Christmas cards, I decided on a whim to check Eric’s touring schedule. He was singing in Paris, Dublin, Cambridge, New York, Chicago, Montana …and Sandpoint, Idaho? 5 1/2 hours away, considered a Sunday drive in our parts. We didn’t count on one of the biggest snow storms in recent history, so the driving took considerably longer.
I told some friends and we booked a table for 15 at the café where he was playing. The small venue,space for 125 people, was glowing, soft lights inside, huge snow flakes outside. Long time fans, like the people at the table next to us who had flown up from California for the concert, and folks who had never heard of him joined together for a meal and music.
When he took the stage, two arm lengths away from me, all the ambiance faded into the background and the music dominated. We were a responsive audience, calling out favorites, hooting at an amazing guitar riff, listening intently to the ballads and clapping with the thumpin’ songs. He was humbly delighted with our enthusiasm and promised to come back to Sandpoint. The kindness of the Lord was evident the entire trip.
Shingle by shingle, I’m patching up the roof,
Row by row, bringin’ in the crop,
Love makes a change, I’m living the proof
New water’s in the well, and I’m grateful for every drop.
My son took a movie from our digital camera. The graphics are sub par but the sound is pretty good (*other than the fact that there is more audience noise…closer to the camera). Check it out. Eric’s newest CD “Evening With Eric Bibb” is his only live concert. If you like this song, get the CD.