Emerging rock band Bishop Gunn will support The Marcus King Band throughout August and September, including stops at Austin’s Mohawk, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, and Chicago’s Thalia Hall. The new dates follow recent shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd,Blackberry Smoke, and an appearance at the Outlaw Music Festival Tour supporting Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart and Old Crow Medicine Show. See below for details.

Bishop Gunn continue to support their debut album Natchez (named after the band’s hometown in Mississippi), which entered the Billboard Blues Chart at #4 and theHeatseekers South Central Chart at #8.

Four songs from Natchez were recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 2017 with producer Mark Neill (The Black Keys). The album’s lead single, “Shine,” is the first release of material tracked inside the legendary MSSS since it reopened in January 2016. Watch/share the video for “Shine” here: https://youtu.be/F3A_coTcUek. At MSSS, the band recorded simultaneous live tracking of guitars, drums, vocals, bass—something they’d never done before. The album also features a song tracked at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios as well as six songs cut at The Purple House, a Leiper’s Fork, TN home studio operated by Grammy-winning producer Casey Wasner.

Bishop Gunn is Travis McCready (vocals), Burne Sharp (drums), Drew Smithers(guitar) and Ben Lewis (bass). Following many years in steelwork in Natchez, McCready decided to go into music full time. After both playing music in various incarnations, McCready and Sharpe connected at the big annual festival in Natchez. A friendship and collaboration formed, rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta. They added members and Bishop Gunn’s current lineup stuck shortly thereafter. Now, the band members live together, write and have set up a home studio in a farmhouse just outside Leiper’s Fork, TN. They rehearse at a repurposed grocery store in the area.


1. Southern Discomfort

2. Anything You Want

3. Right There With Me

4. Devil is Woman

5. Shine

6. Silver Street

7. All The Ways

8. Wheels

9. Makin’ It

10. Baby What You Want

11. Alabama


June 29—Downtown Concert Series—Jacksonville, IL

July 8—3rd & Lindsley, Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night—Nashville, TN

July 22—The Peach Music Festival—Scranton, PA

July 24—W.C. Handy Music Festival—Florence, AL

July 27—Mid-America Music Fest: Black Silo Winery—Trenton, MO

August 2—Mile of Music Festival—Appleton, WI

August 4—Jam at the Ridge—Le Roy, NY*

August 5—9th Ward Babeville—Buffalo, NY

August 11—Jodie Jam, The Big House Museum—Macon, GA

August 16—Annual Illinois State Fair—Springfield, IL

August 22—Duling Hall, Jackson, MS†

August 23—Tipitina’s—New Orleans, LA†

August 24—House of Blues—Houston, TX†

August 25—Mohawk—Austin, TX†

August 26—House of Blues—Dallas, TX†

August 30—The Green Room—Flagstaff, AZ†

August 31—Crescent Ballroom—Phoenix, AZ†

September 1—191 Toole—Tucson, AZ†

September 4—Belly Up—Solana Beach, CA†

September 5-6—Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA†

September 11—Mystic Theatre—Petaluma, CA†

September 14—The Commonwealth Room—Salt Lake City, UT†

September 18—Bourbon Theatre—Lincoln, NE†

September 26—Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL†

September 27—Amsterdam Bar & Hall—St. Paul, MN†

September 30—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI†

*with The Outlaws

†with Marcus King Band

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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