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Elvin Bishop

Raisin' Hell Revue

(Delta Groove; US: 17 May 2011; UK: 20 Jun 2011)

Plenty of fair singin’ and good playin’ on this largely disappointing affair. If the vocals are occasionally lackadaisical and sometimes even lackluster the lead guitar playing––courtesy mainly of Bishop with some help from Bob Welsh, John Németh, and Kid Andersen––is often topnotch. A wholly unnecessary reading of Bishop’s big hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” sounds like a cruise ship band performing the classic rather than Bishop and band performing the track on a cruise ship. (The record was recorded on the Rhythm & Blues Cruise.) The thin production undermines what could have been bold and triumphant and makes you wish that the band had opted for the studio instead.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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