Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Although Bishop has been performing his good-time brand of electrified, easy-rolling blues for over 50 years (his first gig was a guitarist for Junior Wells’ band in 1962), he is as vital and creative an artist today as he was when he first hit the National scene with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in Chicago. He is still as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when his blues-tinged, country rock music was climbing the charts during the 1970s. His return to the blues on Alligator Records in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, along with releases on Blind Pig and Delta Groove before returning to Alligator in 2014, insure his place on the short list of bona fide blues guitar heroes.
A lot has happened since guitar legend Elvin Bishop released his last album, 2014’s GRAMMY-nominated ‘Can’t Ever Do Wrong Right.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and soon after into the Blues Hall of Fame. He won the Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album of 2014 and three 2014 Blues Music Awards including: Album of the Year; Song of the Year (for the title track) and The Elvin Bishop Band took the award for Band of the Year.
Elvin – along with his friends guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan – formed The Big Fun Trio, as Bishop fondly shares: “I love these guys; Bob and Willy are great musicians. With a trio there’s no place to hide – you’ve got to be pourin’ everything you got right out front, totally goin’ for it all the time. If you’ve got some real good musicians who are willing and able to do that, you’ve got something that will move people. And it’s fun!”
The critics agree: “Deceptively loose but always tight… the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp string of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun.” – Fresh Air, NPR
“Seriously played good-time music guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” – Chicago Tribune
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