"…careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit." - Rolling Stone
"Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is to entertain to the best of his ability." - Downbeat
"Elvin WAILS! He hasn't wailed this hard since he played with Mr. Kooper back at the Fillmore. Mickey Thomas always got the credit for Elvin's hit, 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love', and Elvin's been unfairly overlooked and forgotten. But now he's back, and he's as good as ever. Which is great. "
- Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter, 5/4/12
"Bishop…proved once again why he is indeed 'The Closer' when it comes to festivals - there just isn't much that any performer can do after his show! Bluntly put, Bishop leaves 'em wet and winded… Elvin gave the crowd a truly satisfying show that covered sixteen songs and lasted nearly two hours - with more lively sing-alongs than a Thursday-night karaoke bar…an Elvin show is all about Elvin - not him, per se, but the pure, unadulterated joy that he spreads like Johnny Appleseed to those lucky enough to receive the offering."
- Blues Revue, 8/31/12
Founding member of the groundbreaking The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
2013 - Blues Music Awards nomination for Best DVD forThat's My Thing: Elvin Bishop Live In Concert
2011 - Blues Music Awards nomination for Historical Album of the Year for Chicago Blues Buddies, his collaboration with Little Smokey Smothers. Elvin also co-produced the CD.
2009 - Grammy Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album for the CD The Blues Rolls On.
2009 - Winner of Best Male Blues Artist in Blues Blast Magazine's readers' poll
2009 - Nominated in an impressive four categories in the Blues Music Awards including Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male of the Year and Song of the Year for "The Blues Rolls On" (from the album of the same name).
2006 - Blues Music Award nominee for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for Gettin' My Groove Back and for Song of the Year for "What the Hell is Going On".
2005 - performed on the Grammy Awards Broadcast with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers' guitarist, Dickey Betts.
1998 - Inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
1997 - Elvin's song "She Puts Me in the Mood" from the album Big Fun was featured in the film Jackie Brown - directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro, among others.
1976 Certified Gold single "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" has been featured in films including: Summer of Sam (Spike Lee), Boogie Nights (Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, Luis Guzmán, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham and William H. Macy), The Devil's Rejects (Rob Zombie), Invincible (Mark Wahlberg), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Family Stone (Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes and Diane Keaton) and Big Daddy (Adam Sandler and Jon Stewart). The song was also featured in HBO's series, Entourage, and in an episode of NBC's LAX (Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood). Rod Stewart, Phish and T. G. Sheppard, among others, have also covered the song.
Elvin's music has been featured on over 60 CD compilations.
Collaborated with John Lee Hooker, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Clifton Chenier, Bo Diddley, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, Delaney Bramlett and many more.
In addition to film exposure, Elvin has personally appeared on major TV shows dating back to the UK's legendary Ready Steady Go! to multiple appearances on the classic Midnight Special, and in the films Fillmore and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.