FAME Review: Bonnie Bishop - Free
Bonnie Bishop - Free


Bonnie Bishop

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

First you hear the organ swirling out of the speakers and then Ms Bishop's voice takes over, at once strong and at the same time vulnerable. Then the words come into focus, spinning out the stories that she has to tell in her straightforward way. For this Texas born singer, who discovered how to tap into her singing soul while going to high school in Mississippi and singing with the girls in the choir. She now resides in Nashville and happily calls it home. She wrote all of the songs on this disc with various co-writers, most with Jimmy Wallace the keyboard player in this group. The songs reflect the spurts of growth and lessons she has had to face as she wends her way through this on going journey called life. The songs don't sugar coat the trials and tribulations but rather face them head on. The power of these songs reflect well on her and one of her songs (not one she recorded for this disc), Not Cause I Wanted Too, is on Bonnie Raitt's new disc; Slipstream.

Her music shows her Texas roots, spanning the spectrum of styles from blues to gospel to singer/song writer to honky-tonk. She has that pleasantly raspy voice of someone who maybe has drunk and smoked just a bit too much, a voice with built in personality. The songs are the focus and she is becoming more adept and it would be a surprise if there were not more singers coming to her to pen some tunes for them or perhaps with them. There is a ring of truth and authenticity that says her songs have been lived before they were written.

Track List:

  • Keep Using Me
  • Shrinkin' Violet
  • Free
  • Bad Seed
  • World Like This
  • Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts
  • Right Where You Are

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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