Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CD Review: Elvin Bishop Is Here To Raise "Hell"

Blues singer/guitarist Elvin Bishop released a live album on May 17 entitled "Raisin' Hell Revue". The album was recorded on the legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in 2010 and was released on Delta Groove Records. Elvin Bishop is no stranger to blues fans, performing with the likes of John Lee Hooker, The Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin just to name a few. His band also includes guitarist Kid Anderson, singer Finis Tasby, singer John Nemeth and saxophonist Terry Hanck among others.

Bishop comes right out of the gate with some excellent slide guitar on the opener 'Callin' All Cows" which flows similar to another famous song, "Hand Jive". The album features the smash hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" with exceptional vocals by John Nemeth. Bishop takes his turn on vocals with the "What The Hell Is Goin' On" while trading solos with Kid Anderson. The band takes on the Ray Charles classic "The Night Time Is The Right Time" with mixed results before Bishop and friends come firing back on all cylinders in "Rock My Soul". The song "Cryin' Fool" becomes the spotlight for Terry Hanck's sax solo and R&B flavored vocals. The stand-out track for Elvin Bishop is "Dyin' Flu" as he works the crowd with his guitar and storied-vocals. The album finishes with the strong blues numbers "It Hurts Me Too" and "Bye, Bye Baby".

For more information on this and all of Elvin Bishop's other releases, please visit his website elvinbishopmusic.com.

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