ELVIN BISHOP’S ALL-STAR ALBUM ‘THE BLUES ROLLS ON’ HARKS BACKS TO HIS ROOTS, DUE OUT SEPT. 23 ON DELTA GROOVE MUSIC. B. B. KING, DEREK TRUCKS, WARREN HAYNES, JAMES COTTON, KIM WILSON, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND OTHERS SUPPORT
Elvin Bishop the founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band whose music has been called “sheer, unpretentious joy” by Entertainment Weekly has completed work on ‘The Blues Rolls On.’ Due September 23 on Delta Groove Recordings, the album harks back to Bishop’s roots, paying tribute to the musicians who helped give him his start. A who’s who of blues musicians support Bishop on the album, including B. B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Nemeth, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Angela Strehli. Bishop handles the majority of the vocals, with Nemeth and others pitching in as well.
Bishop revisits his own ’70s solo hit “Struttin’ My Stuff” with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, Junior Wells’ “Come On In This House,” and the Butterfield Band’s “Yonders Wall” and Hound Dog Taylor’s “Send You Back To Georgia.” He also contributes the autobiographical boogie “Oklahoma,” played solo electric. Sessions for the rollicking album ranged from Jacksonville, FL to Clarksdale, MS, and to a cruise ship off the Mexican coast.
Bishop is a slide guitar great with 45-years of blues under his belt. Rolling Stone has tagged Bishop’s music as “raucous,” praising his “careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit.” He is a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and recorded three groundbreaking albums with the group. After launching a solo career, Bishop’s 1976 single “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” reached number three on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart, pushing the album ‘Struttin’ My Stuff’ to number 18 on the the Pop Albums chart. He has performed on recordings by John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, and The Allman Brothers Band, among many others. On stage, he’s wielded his guitar to accompany the likes of John Lee Hooker, Hendrix, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Wells, Taylor, and many others.