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Mr. Elvin Bishop

Blues Artist

Alligator Records

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Alligator Records

P.O. Box 60234

Chicago, Illinois 60660

United States

Company Description

Since 1991, Alligator has continued to grow and produce some of today's finest contemporary blues albums, as well as reissuing a few gems from the past. In 1993 and 1994, the label released a series of reissues of vintage material from the Jackson, Missis ... more

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Guitar Player

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Affiliations

Original Member
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Band Member
XTREME MUSICIAN

Integral Member
Legendary Blues Cruise

Founder
Elvin Bishop Group

MEMBER OF THE Elvin Bishop
INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

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Jefferson Starship

Education

The University of Chicago

Will Rogers High School

physics

University of Chicago

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“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right� set for August 19th release on Alligator Records! | Elvin Bishop

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Can't Even Do Wrong Right by Elvin Bishop
LEGENDARY BLUESMAN ELVIN BISHOP RE-SIGNS WITH ALLIGATOR RECORDS
NEW CD, CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT, SET FOR AUGUST 19 RELEASE
Legendary blues guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Elvin Bishop returns to Alligator Records with Can't Even Do Wrong Right, set for release on Tuesday, August 19. With his "so-loose-they're-tight" road band behind him, along with friends Charlie Musselwhite and Mickey Thomas, Bishop has created one of the best albums of his career.
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The CD proves that Bishop is as vital and creative an artist now as he was when he first hit the national scene in 1965 with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He is as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when he was scoring Southern rock-styled hits during the 1970s. For five decades, he has never stopped touring or releasing instantly recognizable music featuring his groundbreaking playing, easygoing vocals, witty lyrics and good-time humor.
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With this album, Bishop has created another highlight in a career that covers fifty years and over 20 albums.
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Born in Glendale, CA on October 21, 1942, Elvin grew up on a farm in Iowa before relocating to Oklahoma when he was ten. He first got hooked on the blues listening to late night R&B radio as a teenager, and began collecting, listening to and absorbing blues music. Once Bishop realized that many of his favorite records were recorded in Chicago, he used his 1959 National Merit Scholarship as a way to get closer to his blues heroes by enrolling in the University of Chicago-its campus surrounded on three sides by the South Side black community. "The first thing I did when I got there," Elvin recalls, "was make friends with the guys working in the cafeteria. Within fifteen minutes I was into the blues scene. Leaving his physics studies behind, Bishop turned to blues music full time. He befriended bluesman Little Smokey Smothers and would hang out with him for hours on end. Smothers liked young Bishop and took the willing student under his wing, teaching Elvin how to really play-and live-the blues. In short order, Elvin became an accomplished and innovative player. Many years later, in 2000, Elvin and Smothers recorded their only album together, the appropriately titled That's My Partner!, for Alligator.
After Elvin crossed paths with harmonica player and fellow University of Chicago student Paul Butterfield, the two began sitting in together at black blues clubs, often jamming with Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.
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Towards the end of the 1960s, after recording three albums with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin decided to move on, heading for the San Francisco area.
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After a seven-year recording hiatus, Elvin returned to his blues roots in 1988, signing with Alligator and releasing Big Fun to critical and popular acclaim. He followed in 1991 with Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down! and in 1995 with Ace In The Hole, delivering no-holds-barred sets of rootsy blues fueled by Elvin's wicked guitar playing and tongue-in-cheek originals. With 1998's The Skin I'm In, serious guitar playing and humorous looks at aging made the album a true blues statement for the end of the 20th century. Entertainment Weekly described the album as "sheer, unpretentious joy."
As Bishop continues to tour and release new music, his stature continues to grow. Through the years his music has appeared in film and television, including the 1997 use of She Puts Me In The Mood (from Big Fun) in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. In 2005 he performed on the internationally televised Grammy Awards broadcast alongside Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers' guitarist Dickey Betts. He recently appeared in the documentary Born In Chicago. In 2012 and 2013 he was nominated for inclusion into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Now, with Can't Even Do Wrong Right, Bishop again is ready to share his happy-go-lucky vibe with his fans around the world. His guitar/vocal/songwriting triple-threat talent, along with his ability to deliver a rollicking good time wherever he goes, assures his not-to-be-missed live performances are consistently packed to the gills with cheering fans. The Chicago Tribune says Bishop plays "good-time music guaranteed to put a smile on your face...serious playing, potent slide guitar and razor-sharp licks."


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Elvin Bishop was born in Glendale, California, and grew up on a farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was 10. There he attended Will Rogers High School. He moved to Chicago in 1960 after he won a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he studied physics. He met harmonica player Paul Butterfield in 1963 in the neighborhood of Hyde Park and joined his blues band, with whom he remained for five years. Their third album, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, takes its name from Bishop's nickname. In 1968 he went solo and formed the Elvin Bishop Group, also standing in for Mike Bloomfield on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper. In March 1971, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Allman Brothers Band co-billed a series of concerts at Fillmore East. Bishop joined the Allmans onstage for a rendition of his own song, "Drunken Hearted Boy". Over the years, Bishop has recorded with many other blues artists including Clifton Chenier and John Lee Hooker.
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Bishop made an impression on album-oriented rock FM radio stations with "Travelin' Shoes" in 1975. However, in 1976, Bishop released his most memorable single, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", which peaked at #3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (and #34 in the UK charts), about his love affair with the late Jenny Villarin, the mother of his late daughter Selina Bishop.
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Bishop appeared at the 1984 Long Beach Blues Festival. In 1988, he signed with Alligator Records and released Big Fun featuring Whit Lehnberg & The Carptones, 1991's Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down, 1995's Ace in the Hole, 1998's The Skin I'm In and 2000's That's My Partner, on which he paired with his original Chicago bluesman teacher, Little Smokey Smothers. Bishop's Alligator Records releases have been consistently well conceived. In 2005, Bishop released his first new CD in five years, Gettin' My Groove Back. Bishop released his latest album The Blues Roles On on September 23, 2008, on Delta Groove Music. He was supported by B. B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Nemeth and Angela Strehli. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. This fall, Elvin will be headlining the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB.


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When one thinks of blues guitarists, Elvin Bishop's name is seldom brought up in conversation. Although beloved as an elder statesman of the blues, his musical contributions to the music have often been overshadowed by some of the stellar talents that he's kept company with through the years. Perhaps if Bishop's vocals had been as solid as his fretwork, he'd be considered in a different light, but there's no denying his importance and influence on the evolution and popularization of blues and blues-rock music.
50,000 Watts of R&B
Born in California in 1942, Elvin Bishop spent his early years on a farm in rural Iowa that was lacking in such modern niceties as electricity and running water. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Bishop later attended Will Rogers High School. Growing up in this strictly segregated community, Bishop had little exposure to African-American music and culture until he tuned in WLAC from Nashville on his radio one night.
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Bishop won a National Merit Scholarship in 1959 and chose to attend the University of Chicago, ostensibly to study physics. In reality, the young guitarist chose the Windy City so that he could continue his education in blues and R&B music. Arriving in Chicago in 1960, he discovered a vital music scene where, as Bishop describes in his official biography, "any night of the week you could hear Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Bobby King, Eddie King, Little Smokey, Big Smokey, and a whole ton of people you never heard of."
Bishop dropped out of college after a couple of weeks to play music, meeting up with Howlin' Wolf guitarist Smokey Smothers, who taught Bishop the rudiments of blues guitar.
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In 1963, Butterfield and Bishop were offered a gig as the house band at the North Side club Big John's.
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Bishop would provide an essential element to the Butterfield Blues Band's sound, performing with the band for five years, appearing on their first four recordings, and performing at notable events like the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. While Bishop was somewhat overshadowed by fellow guitarist Bloomfield's rising star before he left to form Electric Flag, Bishop would move into the guitar spotlight for The Resurrection of Pigboy Crenshaw as Butterfield took the band into a more R&B influenced direction with the addition of a new rhythm section.
Fooled Around...
Bishop decided to break with the Butterfield Blues Band and Chicago when he moved to San Francisco in 1968 to launch a solo career. Forming the Elvin Bishop Group, the new band quickly scored a deal with Epic Records that would result in a handful of album releases during the early 1970s. Bishop and his band was a fixture of the Fillmore West club in San Francisco, performing on bills with artists like B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among many others.
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During this period, Bishop also recorded with talents like John Lee Hooker, Clifton Chenier, and Bo Diddley.
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With his career failing to get any traction with Epic, Bishop signed with the Georgia-based independent label Capricorn Records in 1974. Although Bishop's Oklahoma-bred roots-rock twang would seem to distance him from the "Southern rock" label, his association with the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band would place his Capricorn releases in the same category as those artists. Bishop scored a minor hit with the song "Travelin' Shoes," from his 1974 album Let It Flow, but the release of Struttin' My Stuff the following year would yield his signature hit, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love."
Back To The Blues
Bishop released the rushed, mediocre Hometown Boy Makes Good! in 1976. A raucous live album, Raisin' Hell would follow in 1977, and Bishop would end his tenure with Capricorn with a decent studio effort that would be underpromoted and overlooked. Bishop would spend much of the 1980s touring and performing without venturing into a recording studio.
Bishop resurfaced in 1988, signing with Alligator Records, performing an invigorating hybrid of roots-rock, blues, and country music that played to the guitarist's strengths. Alligator released Big Fun in 1988, and Bishop would deliver three more studio albums for the label, culminating in 2000's acclaimed That's My Partner!, a live album capturing red-hot performances by Bishop and his mentor, Smokey Smothers, in Chicago.
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Bishop returned to the studio for 2008's The Blues Rolls On, the guitarist calling on five decades in the business to enlist friends like B.B. King, Warren Haynes, and George Thorogood to play on the album.
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Now in his late 60s, Bishop continues to tour sporadically, mostly performing at blues festivals, still thrilling audiences with his underrated slide-guitar gymnastics.


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ELVIN BISHOP

Elvin Bishop was born in Glendale, CA, on October 21, 1942. He grew up on a farm in Iowa with no electricity and no running water. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was ten. Raised in an all-White community, he had no exposure to Blacks or their music except though the radio where he would listen to sounds from far away Mexico and blues stations in Shreveport, LA, in particular, the piercing sound of Jimmy Reed's harmonica got his attention.
Bishop says it was like a crossword puzzle that he had to figure out.
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I sunk myself totally in the blues life as quick as I could," says Bishop.
After two years of college, he just dropped out and was into music full time. Howlin' Wolf guitarist Smokey Smothers befriended Bishop and taught him the basics of blues guitar. In the early '60s he met and teamed up with Paul Butterfield to become the core of the Butterfield Blues Band. Although only playing guitar for a few years, he practiced day and night on the blues music that he loved. He and Butterfield played together in just about every place possible -- campuses, houses, parks, and clubs. They began to become well known in 1963 when they took a job at Big John's on Chicago's North Side and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was born. Bishop helped to create and played on the first several Butterfield albums. (The Pigboy Crabshaw is Bishop's countrified persona referred to in the title of the third Butterfield album.)
When he left the Butterfield band after the In My Own Dream album (1968), Bishop relocated to and settled in the San Francisco area where he appeared often at the Fi lmore with artists like Eric Clapton, B. B. King, and Jimi Hendrix. He recorded for Epic (four albums) and later signed with Capricorn in 1974. His recording of "Traveling Shoes" (from the album Let It Flow) hit the charts, but he scored big with the lovely tune "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" (from his album Struttin' My Stuff) in 1976. He was (and is) famous for having fun on stage (putting on a great show) and letting the good times roll.
Over the next few years the Elvin Bishop Group dissolved. He released his album Best Of in 1979, and was not heard from much until he signed with Alligator in 1988. Bishop then released Big Fun (1988) and Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down (1991), which were well received. He also participated in Alligator's 1992 20th Anniversary cross-country tour. His latest release is Ace in the Hole (1995). Over the years, Bishop has graced the albums of many great bluesmen including Clifton Chenier and John Lee Hooker.
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Bishop is known for his sense of humor, his unique style of slide guitar, and fusion of blues, gospel, R&B, and country flavors. He lives with his wife and family in the San Francisco area, is a prodigious gardener, and continues to play dates in the U.S. and abroad, issuing The Skin I'm In in 1998.


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Elvin Bishop is a blues and rock and roll musician. Bishop was born in Glendale, California, and grew up on a farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was ten years old. There he attended Will Rogers High School, winning a full scholarship to the University of Chicago as a National Merit Scholar finalist. Upon graduation, he moved to Chicago in 1960 to attend school, where he majored in physics. In 1963, he met harmonica player Paul Butterfield in the neighborhood of Hyde Park and joined Butterfield's blues band, with whom he remained for five years. Their third album, The Resurrection of PigboyCrabshaw, takes its name from Bishop's nickname. In 1968 he went solo and formed the Elvin Bishop Group, also performing with Bloomfield and Al Kooper on their album titled The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.
In March 1971, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Allman Brothers Band co-billed a series of concerts at the Fillmore East. Bishop joined The Allman Brothers Band onstage for a rendition of his own song, "Drunken Hearted Boy". Over the years, Bishop has recorded with many other blues artists including Clifton Chenier and John Lee Hooker.
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Bishop made an impression on album-oriented rock FM radio stations with " Travelin' Shoes" in 1975, but a year later, in 1976, Bishop released his most memorable single, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", which peaked at #3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (and #34 in the UK charts).
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Bishop appeared at the 1984 Long Beach Blues Festival. In 1988, he signed with Alligator Records and released Big Fun featuring Whit Lehnberg & The Carptones, 1991's Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down, 1995's Ace in the Hole, 1998's The Skin I'm In and 2000's That's My Partner, on which he paired with an early Chicago blues teacher, Little Smokey Smothers. He later revisited Smothers in the studio, where the two recorded another album in 2009; Little Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop: Chicago Blues Buddies.
In 2005, Bishop released his first new CD in five years, Gettin' My Groove Back. In 2008, Bishop released The Blues Rolls On, switching labels to Delta Groove Music.

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