Reissued February 2014 on Manhaton Records (HATMAN 2032)
It’s back. The debut that dazzled the blues scene. The songs that became the soundtrack to our lives. The thrilling opening gambit that turned Eric Bibb from nonentity to superstar. Of all the statistics surrounding 1997’s Me To You – an album that took in 11 studios and 44 different musicians – the most staggering is surely that this classic record has been out of print for 12 years.
Until now. In February 2014, Manhaton Records is raising this sunken treasure from oblivion, restoring the original 14 tracks to CD, alongside fresh sleevenotes from the legendary producer who helmed them, Mike Vernon. “Me To You must rate as one of Eric’s best albums,” writes Mike. “If this is your first time with it, enjoy. If you’ve heard it before – enjoy again.”
Born in New York City on August 16th, 1951, Eric Bibb was no wide-eyed ingénue by the time of Me To You. As the son of professional musicians, he received his first acoustic guitar aged seven (with family friend Bob Dylan giving him the advice to “keep it simple”), and travelled across Europe in the early-’70s immersing himself in the blues. By 1996, Eric had released two live acoustic albums, but it was his set at that year’s London Blues Festival that led to his studio debut. In the crowd, Mike Vernon and Alan Robinson – co-founders of the Code Blue label – recognised rare talent and duly chased Eric’s signature. “He was truly a breath of fresh air,” remembers Mike.
With Eric readily signing to Code Blue, recording for Me To You began in January 1997. Inspired, the American newcomer hit the sessions like a train, his pockets bulging with songs that he felt “show my passion for blending related styles that evolved from my folk roots”.