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Can't Even Do Wrong Right

Elvin Bishop

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Album Review

Triple-threat singer, songwriter, and guitarist Elvin Bishop has had a mostly under-the-radar five-decade career since he first hit the scene in 1965 with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and over the course of some 20 albums under his name, his brand of good-humored R&B, country, and pop-laced blues has made him into sort a Jimmy Buffett for the blues crowd. With Can't Even Do Wrong Right, a scorching set of joyous blues rock, Bishop shows the world that's he's as good as he's ever been, and it's one of his most consistent albums, full of sweet, funky guitar licks, good songs, and a bouncy let's-all-have-a-good-time house party vibe. The title track leads things off with a wink, all chugging, gritty, and solid. "No More Doggin'," which features guest blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, roars and stomps like a good barroom blues jam should, while the instrumental version of Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do" here has a kind of easy flowing and resilient grace, even without lyrics, and Fats Domino's "Bo Weevil" gets turned into a bluesy honky tonk shuffle with considerable bite. Bishop carries it all with a good-natured grin, plays wonderful guitar, and sounds like he's having the time of his life. As Bishop has put it in interviews, the blues ain't football, you don't have to retire at 30, and you can play it all your life. Thankfully, he's done that, and thankfully, he continues to do it with passion, energy and joy.

Customer Reviews

Elvin!

I have been listening to Elvin since the 70’s. I saw him open for Marshall Tucker Band in the mid 70’s in Albany, NY at the majestic Palace Theater and he blew MTB off the stage…..and I still LOVED the MTB show that night. He has always been a favorite of mine. He may not be the BEST bluesman, he may not be the BEST blues guitar player on the planet….BUT he is one of my favorite BLUESMAN of all time. Love ya Elvinl…… Please keep people smiling.

Good album

Really like the first track!

Elvin Bishop Rolls On!

This is easily the best album of the year out of any genre out there. This album makes me as happy as a pig in mud. Elvin has made a fine career for himself by remaining true to the blues but more important than that, staying true to himself. While everybody is overproducing there music with auto tune and all of the other gimmicks, Elvin plays from the heart and it sound amazing. The cast of musicians assembled for this album is top shelf. If you want the real good stuff, here it is. Thanks Elvin! You're the man!

Biography

Born: October 21, 1942 in Glendale, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A veteran guitarist who fused the blues with gospel, R&B, and country traditions, Elvin Bishop was born in Glendale, California, on October 21, 1942. He grew up on a farm in Iowa with no electricity or running water, and eventually moved to Oklahoma with his family when he was ten. Raised in an all-white community, his only exposure to African-American traditions was the radio, which introduced him to the sounds of blues stations in Shreveport, Louisiana. The piercing sound of Jimmy Reed's harmonica...
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