Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Thursday, October 12 at 8 p.m.
"A good time romp...raucous blues with high-energy soloing, mixtures of careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit."
–Rolling Stone Magazine
Although Elvin Bishop has been performing his rollicking brand of electrified front-porch blues for over 50 years (his first professional gig was as 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 in 1965 with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
He is still as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when he was effortlessly creating solo hits like “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” during the ’70s. His reemergence on Alligator Records in the late ’80s and into the ’90s, along with his more recent releases on Blind Pig and Delta Groove, ensure his place on the short list of bona fide blues guitar heroes.
Bishop's music mixes thick blues grooves with timeless rock flavors spiced with a touch of country, a dab of Moms Mabley’s and Pigmeat Markham’s ribald black comedy, and the laid-back feel of his Northern California home. His guitar playing seems to improve with every performance, and his songwriting is filled with clever revelations and homespun wisdom. Living Blues says Bishop's guitar playing is "as full of fresh licks and unbounded energy as the day he and Mike Bloomfield set the blues/rock world on its ear."
Now, Bishop—along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan—launches The Big Fun Trio. Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio features Bishop’s down-home delivery, deep blues picking and slide guitar, playfully meshing with Welsh’s piano and guitar licks and Jordan’s soul singing and propulsive cajón playing. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time. In other words: Big Fun.