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Album Review

Veteran guitarist/vocalist Elvin Bishop has always been — at heart — a blues man, but more known for his pop tunes ("Fooled Around & Fell In Love") and associations as an accompanist. Though he's put out many recordings as a leader, this could be the crown jewel in a long and perhaps sometimes frustrating career. It's his second for the Delta Groove label, accentuating Bishop's deft, meaty slide guitar work, featuring five of his originals, and covers of great standards written by Leroy Carr, Huey Meaux and others. In addition, Bishop is teamed with many heavy friends (including guitarist Tommy Castro, R.C Carrier on rub board, pianist Bob Welsh, and ex-Charles Brown electric bassist Ruth Davies) who also know a great deal about the Chicago-based electric urban music they grew up with and still adore. John Nemeth adds his soulful and gritty vocals to three songs, including a cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and a classic read of Otis Spann's New Orleans-flavored "Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket." Kid Anderson's literate second guitar is paired well with Bishop for another triple feature of tunes, especially their instrumental cover of "In the Still of The Night," but the killer collaboration crops up during the shuffle "Blues Cruise," a live concert jam with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Roy Gaines, Sir Reginald Dural, and Buckwheat Zydeco. Bishop himself has never sounded better, and despite the years of wear and tear, not to mention those long months on the road, lives to tell the tale, particularly on two autobiographical talking blues selections. There's also an acknowledgment of traditional acoustic blues and gospel music here. Fans should be quite pleased with this, and considering the assistance from so many heavyweights, everybody who enjoys this kind of music should deem this a triumph for Elvin Bishop — a main man at last. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

LISTEN WHEN THE RED DOGS SPEAKS !!!!!!

WHO IS RED DOG? RED DOG IS ELVIUNS PERIZED 1959 RED ES-345 which for 45 year she has been giving him the special tones that get his juices flowing. Ater his BMA aaward winning album THE BLUES KEEP ROLLIN ON, ELVIN took no time off and went right into the studio to finish what they started most of these song IMO belongedin the album THE BLUESKEEP RLLIN N but they decided tomake two sngle cd;s instead of a dbl. ELVIN ad his ability to persuade RED DOG to do what he asks has given him another album that should certainly be considered for another BMA......Just a regular guy ELVIN treats his fans like his friends and seems to be able to shake off any EGOTISTICAL attitude. He is like you and I but with BETTER GUITARS ND MORE MONEY ! IF ya never heardof ELVIN then buy THE BLUES KEEP ROLLING ON AND THEN THIS RED DOG SPEAKS......if ya ara an ELVIN fan that this album in all it;s perfection should come as no surprise that the way ELVIN does work IF YA DON'T LIKE IT I'LL PAY FOR IT.....only kidding !! LOOKS LIKE ELVIN IS BACK STRONGER THAN EVER LIKE FINE WINE BLUES MUSICIANS GET BETTER WITH TIME ......and this album proves it THAKS ELVIN ...please keep those blues just a rollin on GREAT ALBUM 5 stars !!!! ST JAMES

Main Man

I disagree with Mr. Nastos comment "Main man at last." Where have you been, sir? Have you not heard of "The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw" from 1968? He has been a main man since then, blessed with a hit record to keep the cash flowing (though it was butchered by Rod Stewart who cut out half of the guitar solo). Elvin is the main man, one of many mainmen of the blues and he has kept the Blue Flame alive for many years. May the Good Lord keep you strong and healthy, Elvin, my main man.

Simply the best with age - this writer/player rocks the blues !!!

Saw him in Buffalo, New York opening for BB King in 1995. It doesn't get any better than this!

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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