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Celebrity Birthdays For October 21… Cha, Cha, Cha!

  Happy Birthday to Kim Kardashian! She’s 33 today. Let’s see who else is celebrating a birthday. Actress Joyce Randolph is 89. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 73. Singer Elvin Bishop is 71. TV judge Judy Sheindlin is 71. Actor Everett … Continue reading »

Justin Helzer who murdered five people in bizarre plot 'to speed Christ's return to Earth' hangs himself on death row

The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others in 2000 murder-extortion plot died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.Justin Helzer, 41, was found dead Sunday nightShow More Summary

Time to put on those travelin’ shoes and go a-fishin’

The first time I saw the great Elvin Bishop, we were both younger men. It was back in the early ’70s, in Raleigh, N.C., right about the time he put out his excellent and underrated album “Let It Flow.” Looking through the song list from...Show More Summary

Elvin Jones, Like You've Never Seen Him

One recent night while DJing with former Sun City Girls member/Sublime Frequencies honcho Alan Bishop (shameless name-dropping, but true story), he excitedly recounted a scene in the 1971 movie Zachariah in which Elvin Jones—drummerShow More Summary

Review: Elvin Bishop – Raisin’ Hell Revue

ELVIN BISHOP “Raisin’ Hell Revue” (Delta Groove Music DGPCD144) Recorded live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 2010, this album comprises lively performances from a splendid array of blues stars under the avuncular guidance of Elvin Bishop. Guitarist Bishop rose to prominence as a founder member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the [...]

Little Smokey Smothers passes away at age 71

Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Albert Abraham "Little Smokey" Smothers, 71, died on November 20, 2010, according to Alligator Records. Smothers, who served as a mentor to musicians including Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop, died...Show More Summary

Look Out For Terry Hanck's Greasy Soul Rockin' Blues Sax

3 years agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Saxophonist and vocalist Terry Hanck has been part of the San Francisco Bay area blues scene for several decades, including a lengthy association with Elvin Bishop. He, in fact, is part of Bishop's Raisin' Hell Revue that had a CD on Delta Groove. Show More Summary

Elvin Bishop Raises Hell With Blues Revue

3 years agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

As part of participating on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Elvin Bishop, led the Raisin’ Hell Revue. This writer suspects this was modeled on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue that Tommy Castro fronted and featured several...Show More Summary

Classic Travelin’ Music, courtesy of the great Elvin Bishop

Back in the day, I wore out the grooves on the LP containing this classic Elvin Bishop song. Some of the lyrics — “gonna take my baseball bat and tenderize her head” — aren’t exactly PC these days, but the jamming guitar and keyboard...Show More Summary

Review: Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks

ELVIN BISHOP “Red Dog Speaks” (Delta Groove Music – DGPCD138) Slide master Elvin Bishop’s second release for Delta Groove Music, following the star-studded “The Blues Rolls On” in 2008, sees the veteran paying homage to his trustee ’59 Gibson Stereo ES 345 guitar, “Red Dog”, with the 11 tracks on offer being very varied, and [...]

Elvin Bishop: Red Dog Speaks

Red Dog howls Elvin Bishop’s cherry red 1959 Gibson ES-345 howls over meandering blues in the opening track of his newest album, leaving no question as to why it’s earned the name Red Dog and how well it can speak. Red Dog Speaks journeys...Show More Summary

John Nemeth: Name The Day

Amazon.com Widgets “He’s my idea of an up-and-coming blues singer. I don’t see a lot of them out there, but I know one when I see him.” ~Elvin Bishop It never fails! Whenever I’m writing an article and feeling under the weather, I’ll gaze at my monitor and eventually drift off on some nostalgic excursion. [...]

Chicago Blues Buddies Strong Friendship Commemorated

4 years agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

It was in 1960 that Elvin Bishop, then a newcomer to Chicago, met and was mentored by Smokey Smothers (oft referred as Little Smokey to distinguish him from his older brother Big Smokey). Smokey at the time was at the Blue Flame and also working with Howlin’ Wolf at the time. Show More Summary

Celebrity birthdays: Oct. 21

Actress Joyce Randolph (”The Honeymooners”) is 85. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 69. Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG’s is 68. Singer Elvin Bishop is 67. TV judge Judy Sheindlin (”Judge Judy“) is 67. Actor Everett McGill (”Twin Peaks”) is 64. Show More Summary

What a shock! B.B. King wins 15th Grammy award

With all due respect to Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Pinetop Perkins, they never had a chance against B.B. King in the competition for best traditional blues album. The King of the Blues racked up his 15th Grammy award on Feb. Show More Summary

News Ticker: Blues Music Awards, EMI and Shwayze

The 30th annual Blues Music Awards will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on May 7th. The Mannish Boys lead the pack with six nominations, with B.B. King, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Guy also grabbing some nods. The awards show will air live on B.B. King’s Sirius XM station Bluesville. EMI relaunched their Website as a “learning [...]

Elvin Bishop: The Blues Rolls On

New Album This Fall Elvin Bishop’s heads back to his roots with his upcoming album The Blues Roll On due out Sept. 23, 2008… On this project Bishop pays tribute to the musicians who helped give him his start. Joining Elvin are appearances by blues greats: B. B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James [...]Show More Summary

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