Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
The Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, and Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) forges a new blues and R&B sensibility, colored by the distinctive, stripped-down instrumentation and shot through with Elvin’s exuberant, down home vibe. There are seven Bishop originals here (including a remake of the title track from his Ace In The Hole release), plus Lightnin’ Hopkin’s Honey Babe, Fats Domino’s Let The Four Winds Blow, Sunnyland Slim’s It’s You, Baby, and Bobby Womack’s It’s All Over Now. Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin and Kim Wilson guest. "Fabulous good-time romps...the pleasure is infectious"—Blues & Rhythm
Elvin Bishop: Guitar and Vocals
Willie Jordan: Cajon and Vocals
Bob Welsh: Guitar and Piano
Kim Wilson:Harmonica on "It’s You, Baby"
Rick Estrin: Harmonica on "Delta Lowdown"
Charlie Musselwhite: Harmonica and Vocals on "100 Years Of Blues"
Recorded and mixed by Steve Savage at Hog Heaven Studio, Lagunitas, CA.
Additional mixing at The Rumpus Room, Albany CA
Packaging designed by Kevin Niemiec
Front cover based on original photos by Bob Hakins
Photos by Pat Johnson
Mastered by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Alligator logo by Michael Trossman
Booking: The Kurland Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617)254-0007
Me and a couple of fellas got to jamming in my studio one day and we lucked up on the Big Fun Trio. I knew Willy Jordan from when he played percussion on some of my albums, and I liked his singing and rhythm feel. This time he brought a cajón, a South American percussion instrument. It’s a square box you sit on to play it, and he got some amazing sounds out of it—bass drum, snare, anything—and he’s a real strong singer. Bob Welsh is a member of my regular band, an amazing talent. He plays great guitar or piano and can get a tremendous ‘bass’ sound on his guitar.
In a trio, there’s no place to hide. You need to be totally into it all the time and you got to have the right guys. The combination of the three of us clicked big time. We went out and played a couple of gigs, and it was really cool to see how the people reacted to the goin’-for-it feel of the music. We decided we better make a CD, so here ‘tis. We enjoyed the hell out of playing this music, and we hope you do the same listening to it.
Thanks to Cara Bishop, Mike Kappus, Chris Hansen and Marilynn Welsh