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May 23, 2014
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Elvin Bishop brings his guitar licks back to Tahoe

At 71 years old Elvin Bishop knows his way around a guitar’s fretboard. The Glendale, Calif. native returns to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this weekend with a lifetime’s worth of blues licks in tow.

“Remembered by many these days as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop has also tasted pop success with his 1976 smash hit ‘Fooled Around and Fell In Love,’” according to his Delta Groove Records biography. “Bishop’s long and varied career has included other musical stops along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to rollicking good time rock & roll. And at every stage along the way, he’s imbued all of his music with deep passion, a uniquely creative spirit, and more than a little bit of sly humor.”

Bishop released his most recent studio album, “Red Dog Speaks,” in 2010.

“Right out of the gate, Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort - a 1959 Gibson ES-345 that lovingly answers to the name of ‘Red Dog,’ with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what’s to come,” according to the biography. “Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting blues and R&B, to a good dose of good-time rock & roll, and even an occasional detour through doo-wop, zydeco and gospel.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 23, 2014 07:42PM Published May 23, 2014 03:00AM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.