Elvin Bishop's "What The Hell Is Goin' On?" Featured as Title Track for Paul Thorn's New CD out May 8
Blues-Rock icon Elvin Bishop's song "What The Hell is Goin' On?" is featured as the title track for Paul Thorn's newest CD out May 8 on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Fingers Records. On his new album, Paul Thorn takes a break from songwriting and covers songs he loves that are written by others. Noting their artistry, Thorn states that the songwriters he chose to cover "don't just write songs in an effort to become popular or follow trends...they write with their hearts. They all have real depth, which is very appealing to me."
Choosing Elvin Bishop's song as the title track and the first single is a clear example of Paul's respect for the legendary guitarist. "He sang this song ["What The Hell is Goin' On?"] for me on his front porch one day and it blew me away," Thorn recalls. Reflecting on his friendship with Elvin, Paul also notes, "I sometimes visit him at his house...and he always gives me a jar of his homemade jelly that he makes with fresh kiwis from his garden." Bishop also adds a poignant guitar solo to the record that Paul describes as "wonderfully raw and dirty." Elvin's album, Hometown Boy Makes Good! also makes a cameo in the single's upcoming music video.
Elvin Bishop is the newest addition to the Rosebud roster. His illustrious career spans over forty years. An original member of the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin honed his playing in Chicago while absorbing the music of all the greats including Howlin' Wolf, Little Smokey Smothers, Muddy Waters and Otis Rush.
The respect Elvin commands among his peers is exemplified on his recent CD, The Blues Rolls On, where he is joined by B.B. King, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, Kim Wilson,Tommy Castro, George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, and many more. With over thirty records in his catalog, the Grammy nominated Bishop continues to play his distinct flair of the blues around the world. Catch Elvin live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
Trombone Shorty and Dr. John Both Winners At Big Easy Music Awards
Trombone Shorty and Dr. John have both been honored with 2012 Big Easy Music Awards . Dr. John was awarded Best Rhythm 'N' Blues - an award he also won last year. At the 2009 Awards, Dr. John was honored as Entertainer of the Year and won Best Album of the Year for his GRAMMY-winning album City That Care Forgot. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was awarded Best Male Performer for the third year in a row and this is his fourth overall win in the category. He was also honored as Entertainer of the Year, at the 2010 Awards. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Rosebud Agency is proud to welcome Elvin Bishop for exclusive worldwide booking representation. Elvin's enviable resume includes a GRAMMY Nomination and 7 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominations as well as mainstream pop success with his classic hit, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" which reached #3 on The Billboard Hot 100. The list of musicians who joined him on his GRAMMY and BMA nominated album, The Blues Rolls On (2008) exemplifies the respect he commands in the Blues world. These greats include B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Németh, Angela Strehli and Ronnie Baker Brooks among others.
Elvin's path to the Blues took a much different route than most blues legends. His migration to Chicago from his family's home in Oklahoma was made possible by his National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago in 1959. Once there he immersed himself in the Chicago Blues scene. He absorbed Blues from masters like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, learning his blues guitar chops directly from Howlin' Wolf's guitarist Little Smokey Smothers (the two continued to play together until Smokey's passing in 2010). Soon after, Elvin helped spearhead a mainstrteam breakthrough for the blues as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1963. He went on to form the Elvin Bishop Group in 1968.
Elvin's latest albums are Red Dog Speaks (2010) and the live album Raisin' Hell Revue (2011), recorded on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Elvin's roots are deep and sincere and his guitar playing has been a significant influence on others but an Elvin Bishop show may be, above all, a rocking good time. His deep mix of roots rock, R&B and barroom boogie, steeped in heavy blues, with no shortage of humor, connects with audiences like no one else. Catch Elvin live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
Dr. John Featured on Jimmy Fallon with Dan Auerbach PLUS NPR Morning Edition - New Album Scoring Raves From Rolling Stone And Everyone Else
Dr. John was featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, playing with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach produced and plays on Dr. John's latest album, Locked Down, released today, April 3. Locked Down has been getting rave reviews from all corners, including a Four-Star lead review in the April 12, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone: "Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo, it's the wildest record Rebennack [Dr. John] has made in many years... All told, Locked Down is that rare thing: a retro exercise that looks forward, by an old hustler and a young player who, in the process of making a great record, probably taught each other a thing or two." Check out the full review here. More raves worldwide include a major feature in Mojo Magazine (with Four-Star review), BBC features, Uncut Magazine feature (including Album of the Month with 9 out of 10 review), Five-Stars from UK Guardian, Four-Stars from London Times and many more!
Bettye LaVette's NYC Residency at Cafe Carlyle A Triumph - Major Raves From NY Times and Wall St. Journal
Bettye LaVette's just completed 15-show March residency at New York City's Cafe Carlyle drew rave reviews from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. From The Times' Stephen Holden: "Now recognized as one of the great soul interpreters of her generation, she has a gift that, in my opinion, makes her the equal of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner... Instead of a diva making grand gestures, she is an R&B realist who tells it like it is... [her show] didn't include a single false moment." The Journal's Will Friedwald notes "she reinterprets each number and makes it distinctly her own... Ms. LaVette not only makes each lyric part of her personal experience, but part of ours as well."
This latest New York City highlight follows her performance at The Apollo Theater for the "Robert Johnson at 100" all-star tribute, alongside Elvis Costello, The Roots, Macy Gray, Chuck D and Living Colour among others. The New York Times review of this show exclaimed, "Ms. LaVette demolished 'I'm a Steady Rollin' Man,' changing the song's gender perspective so that it landed like an empowerment anthem."
Bettye's recent performances in New York City also include three separate all-star shows at Carnegie Hall, plus shows at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre and Central Park Summerstage with The New York Pops Orchestra, among others.