Lucinda Black Bear is led by Christian Gibbs, with Mike Cohen on bass, Kristin Mueller on drums and Chad Hammer on cello. On many occasions, you will find LBB augmented by Gillian Rivers on violin, who has been responsible for string arrangements for bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and MGMT. Sometimes soft, sometimes hard, Lucinda Black Bear has many moods, but you can always count on true craftsmanship in songs and performance.
The band was conceived when Gibbs decided he needed new blood and new instrumentation on his piano-guitar based, loop laden songs. He sought out a downtown supergroup of talented musicians from whom he had heard great things about. With Mike, Kristin and Chad, indie-folk met chamber rock, and Lucinda Black Bear was born.
'Most Innovative of 2007' - NPR's All Songs Considered
'Top 10 Great Unknown Artists of 2007'- 4... "Lucinda Black Bear... plays carefully written folk-rock with stunning arrangements... they paint lonely, deserted images with dark minor chords and complex melodies." - NPR
"the striking, melancholy tunes on Lucinda Black Bear's new disc, Capo my Heart, could push (the band) over the top." - Time Out New York
"The band's soaring and lushly arranged songs weave together myriad strains of American music, old and new," - The Brooklyn Rail