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Bishop of the blues
Written by DAVID DUPONT Festival Program Editor   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:29
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Elvin Bishop (Photo provided)
With a half century in the blues, the 70-year-old Elvin Bishop still gets “a little nervous” every time he takes the stage.
It’s a matter of respect for the music. “You have to have an edge to really do it right,” the veteran blues rocker said in a recent telephone interview.
Bishop takes the main stage in the prime time 8 p.m. spot in Saturday’s Black Swamp Festival show on Sept. 7.
Bishop learned about respecting the music from the lions of the blues.
He first heard the sounds of the blues when he was growing up in the Oklahoma countryside. The radio, “my only connection to music,”  beamed in the country sounds as well as early rock ‘n’ roll. Then when he was in his early teens he heard Jimmy Reed’s harmonica cutting through the static. A spark was struck.  “It was all over,” he said. “I just went crazy for it.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:02
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