Album Review: Duffy Bishop – Find Your Way Home

Duffy Bishop - CoverNorthwest icon Duffy Bishop is back without missing a beat with her first new album in over ten years, Find Your Way Home released on Lil’ Spinner Records in April of 2014. Based in Portland Oregon, Duffy is in the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame, She has won the CBA’s Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row that they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award. The opening track, “I Don’t Wanna know About It,” an edgy shuffle in the vein of Albert Collins shows us exactly why as she rips into the melody with her signature rasp and full-throated fire.

Bishop and her partner in crime Chris Carlson wrote the majority of the album’s new tunes, they impair some of their hard won wisdom during the jumpin’ rumba swing “Get Up And Move,” and the low down blues “Growing Old,” that features some nasty slide guitar from Henry Cooper and wailing harp from Jim Wallace. Bishop gives us a dose of her patented irreverent humor during the New Orleans styled “Monkey Pants,” bolstered by a spicy horn section. The mood heads even further south for a haunting ode to the everglades “Black Mangrove,” and an extra greasy take on the Little George Sueref tune “Fingerlickin’.” The two other covers are a groovy take on Max Schwennsen’s “Back Out On the Road” that features her old band mates Dave Jette, Keith Lowe and Henry Cooper whose slide guitar is reminiscent of Lowell George. Then she slows down the Percy Sledge classic “It Tears Me Up,” in order to milk every ounce of emotion out of the tale of heartache and betrayal. The closing track begins simply, building until Bishop is bellowing from a French Quarter roof top as the band parades down Basin street.

About Rick Bowen

Rick grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan playing in school band, choir and show bands. While earning a BA at Western Michigan University in History and Social Science, he was a member of the Bronco marching band and jazz ensemble Gold Company. Moving to the Northwest in 1994, Rick soon landed gigs and sessions with many diverse local artists and is currently a member of the award winning Stacy Jones Band and the host of the all ages School of Jam. Rick is also an associate producer and session musician for Critical Sun Recordings, a contributing writer at Innocent Words, Seattle Examiner, No Depression, The Washington Blues Society and S.T.E.A.M magazine, and serves on the board of directors for the Washington Blues Society. Rick is endorsed by and plays THUMPER CUSTOM DRUMS. Awards: Washington Blues Society “Best of the Blues” award 2009 Best New Band –Stacy Jones Band WBS “Best of the Blues” award 2012 Best Blues Jam - Oxford Saloon Monday Night Jam 2013 & 2014 WBS Best Blues Writer award. 2014 WBS Chris Leighton Blues Drummer BB Award. Nominations: 2009 & 2013 Best Blues Drummer WBS BB awards. 2012 Best NW recording “No Need To Spell it Out –Stacy Jones Band (Rick J Bowen co producer)