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Elvin Bishop New Album World Premiere At Relix.com

[08/06/2014]
"MAKING-OF" VIDEO FEATURES BISHOP, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE AND MICKEY THOMAS

 Can't Even Do Wrong Right, the new CD from the legendary Elvin Bishop, will exclusively premiere as a full album stream at Relix.com beginning Wednesday, August 6. The stream will be available here: http://www.relix.com/media/audio/album_premiere_elvin_bishop_cant_even_do_wrong_right. The album will be released on August 19.

In an enlightening behind-the-scenes video, Bishop and his friends Charlie Musselwhite and Mickey Thomas are having the time of their lives making the record. The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omyYA2syhhk.

Bishop is currently riding high atop the charts, as his 1975 hit song, Fooled Around And Fell In Love (with vocals by Mickey Thomas) is included in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack and film. This iconic musical pair joins forces once again on Can't Even Do Wrong Right, with Thomas' soaring vocals and Bishop's soulful slide guitar making Let Your Woman Have Her Way an instant classic.

With his "so-loose-they're-tight" road band behind him, along with friends Thomas and Grammy Award-winning harmonica player Musselwhite (on Old School and No More Doggin’), Bishop has created one of the best albums of his career. Can't Even Do Wrong Right finds Bishop playing, writing and singing some of the most spirited and distinctive blues and roots music today.

Of the new album, Bishop tells Relix, "It was kinda lucky how everything happened for this project -- the tunes fell out of the sky and the people I wanted turned out to be willing and available -- Mickey and Charlie and the band --wow. And [producer] Steve Savage put a helluva sound together for us."

Can't Even Do Wrong Right proves that Bishop is as vital and creative an artist now as he was when he first hit the national scene in 1965 with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He is as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when he was scoring Southern rock-styled hits during the 1970s. For five decades, he has never stopped touring or releasing instantly recognizable music featuring his groundbreaking playing, easy-going vocals, witty lyrics and good-time humor.

Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, with hilariously spot-on cover art by musician/artist Paul Thorn, finds Bishop firing on all cylinders and having fun while doing it. With this album, Bishop has created another highlight in a career that covers 50 years and over 20 albums. Five of the songs are Bishop originals. An outstanding instrumental version of Jimmy Reed’s Honest I Do harkens back to Elvin’s childhood: this was the very first blues song he heard coming from Nashville’s WLAC, the late night R&B 50,000 watt powerhouse radio station, beaming all the way to his Oklahoma home. In the 1950s in Oklahoma, everything was racially separated except the radio (“They couldn’t segregate the airwaves,” Bishop recalls). Between the original songs, the well-chosen covers, Bishop's great band and his special guests, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right hits its target at every turn.

Confirmed tour dates through October 2014 follow:
Aug. 15, 2014     Fargo Blues Festival - Fargo, ND
Aug. 17, 2014     Cobb Mountain Concert Series - Cobb, CA
Sep. 06, 2014     San Diego Blues Festival - San Diego, CA
Sep. 12, 2014     SPACE - Evanston, IL     
Sep. 13, 2014     Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater - Alton, IL     
Sep. 27, 2014     Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - Berkeley, CA     
Oct. 04, 2014     Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - Los Angeles, CA (through Oct. 11, 2014)
Oct. 17, 2014     Theatre Deville - Vacaville, CA