Elvin Bishop’s music has been making people smile for over 50 years. A founding member of the ground breaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he has performed and recorded with music legends such as B.B.King, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers. From deep down gut bucket Blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, he’s instilled all of his music with passion, creativity and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit and good humor!
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Elvin and his Big Fun Trio-mates (Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) serve up a fresh new helping of their good ‘n’ greasy blues and R&B, highlighted by the title track, a comic State of the Union address as only the blues and Southern Rock legend can deliver. Album includes four additional new originals, Big Fun Trio takes on Elvin’s Right Now Is The Hour, Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher, Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand The Rain and more. “Deceptively loose but always tight…the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp sting of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun.” –Fresh Air, NPR
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The Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, and Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) forges a new blues and R&B sensibility, colored by the distinctive, stripped-down instrumentation and shot through with Elvin’s exuberant, down home vibe. There are seven Bishop originals here (including a remake of the title track from his Ace In The Hole release), plus Lightnin’ Hopkin’s Honey Babe, Fats Domino’s Let The Four Winds Blow, Sunnyland Slim’s It’s You, Baby, and Bobby Womack’s It’s All Over Now. Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin and Kim Wilson guest.
“Fabulous good-time romps…the pleasure is infectious”—Blues & Rhythm.
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Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
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Alligator Records, 2014
A masterpiece of rollicking blues and R&B, shot through with Elvin’s stinging fretwork and performed with an undeniable spirit of raucous fun. Include five new Bishop originals, plus Elvin’s take on Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do,” Fats Domino’s “Bo Weevil” and Lionel Hampton’s “Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.” Special guests include Mickey Thomas (of “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” and Jefferson Starship fame) and blues harp icon Charlie Musselwhite.
Rousing, down-home, feel-good music…spunky rhythms and razor-sharp slide…Bishop’s a superb guitarist of great strength and skill…a rockin’ good time. –Guitar World
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Elvin Bishop’s music has been making people smile for over 50 years. A founding member of the ground-breaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin has performed and recorded with music legends such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers. From deep down gut-bucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, Bishop’s instilled all of his music with passion, creativity and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit and good humor!
That’s My Thing: Elvin Bishop Live In Concert DVD presents a blistering performance by Elvin Bishop and his road-tested touring band recorded live in front of a sold out crowd on December 17, 2011 at Club Fox in Redwood City, California. Bishop exuberantly struts his stuff while simultaneously coaxing his “Red Dog” to howl (aka his trusty cherry-red1959 Gibson ES-345 axe) on a selection of 18 rollicking numbers including Travelin’ Shoes, Rock My Soul, Fishin’, Stealin’ Watermelons, Gettin’ My Groove Back, Party ‘Til The Cows Come Home, Little Brown Bird, Calling All Cows and 10 more!
In addition to his live concert performance, the DVD also includes a bonus exclusive interview of Elvin Bishop taped at Hog Heaven Studio. This is the DEFINITIVE interview of Elvin, tracing his life and career from the farms of Oklahoma, through his blues apprenticeship in Chicago, to his breakout as a solo star (including his hit Fooled Around and Fell in Love), all the way to his present career.
Chicago Blues Buddies
Oct ’09: It has now been almost fifty years since established Chicago guitarist Little Smokey Smothers began mentoring and befriending the young Elvin Bishop,who came to Chicago from Tulsa in 1960 looking for the blues. Click to buy.
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