My dear friend Duffy Bishop is my guest on Episode #14 of Living A Vocal Life.Duffy and I have known each other for a long time — 20 years, or maybe even more. Offstage Duffy’s a bit of a homebody, a creative maker who’s always drawing, painting, and sewing. You notice her when she walks into a room not because she tries to draw attention to herself, but because of the way her eyes light up with love when she greets you.This quieter demeanor makes it easy to forget that the woman is an absolute powerhouse when she takes the stage. Her voice and presence are huge. You can’t help but be drawn into her every move, riveted by the raw emotion she transmits through the music she makes.Her humble nature belies the fact that she’s won a bevy of blues awards. She was named Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year by the Northwest Area Music Association and the Washington Blues Society. The Cascade Blues Association named her Best Female Vocalist for five consecutive years, eventually renaming the award “The Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award.” She’s a member of the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame, the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame and the Oregon Hall of Fame.Duffy’s a lovely human being, and I’m so grateful for our friendship.I’m excited to share our conversation with you!Links:For full show notes, transcriptions of this episode, and more offerings for singers, you can visit my website HERE.You can find Duffy Bishop on her Website or on her Facebook page.The songs from today’s episode are called:Hey Linda from Fly The RocketYou Don’t Own Me from I’m Gonna Do What I Want Everyone’s Comin’ To A Party from The Queen’s Own BootlegI’m Gonna Do What I Want from I’m Gonna Do What I Want (All used with permission.) Click the links above to listen to more and download.For information about the online course mentioned in this episode, just head to Becoming A Singer. Please join me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Theme music for the Podcast was composed by John Smith. He edits all the podcast episodes too. (Thanks, honey!)
SHOW #511TWEED SMITHTweed and her band The Internationals were in Memphis for the 2020 IBC. But her career is so much more than that. The only female to be a member of WAR. Let’s learn all about this remarkable singer.DUFFY BISHOPAnother 2020 IBC Challenger, Duffy began in the PAC NW and is now in Florida. Her story is exciting and we hope you join us to learn more.RORY BLOCK – COUCH KID NEW MUSICRory returns to The Couch to talk about Prove It On Me, the second in her “Power Women Of The Blues” Series. Always an fun to chat with Rory and learn more about the women she honors.CASEY HENSLEYThis talented vocalist has released her sophomore album, Good As Gone, an all original studio album. Casey shared producing credits with guitarist Laura Chavez. I look forward to speaking with her about the journey so far and what is to come.
Duffy Bishop: CC#104 - Busting back in town for some blazing shows
Oregon Music News
It’s another day in the coffeeshop and another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation at World Cup Coffee and Tea NW 18th and Glisan in Portland.A reminder that you can find these on iTunes, SoundCloud and TuneIn. Just search for Oregon Music News and there we are.Today in the coffeeshop we’ve got Blues/Soul singer Duffy Bishop, who moved a couple of years ago to Florida, with her cats and husband and collaborator Chris Carlson.She comes back to Portland to perform now and then. This is the now. We’ll find out all about them and why they moved, and how the cats are. She’s such an institution around here that they named the best vocalist Muddy Award after her because she won it so much.
Episode 9 Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson, Franco Paletta & The Stingers,
Mighty Mouth Blues
Episode 9 Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson, Franco Paletta & The Stingers “She’s dangerous!” is what Bo Diddly said about Duffy Bishop when she shared the stage at his 75th birthday concert at the Crystal Ballroom in Duffy’s home base of Portland ,Oregon. This Grammy nominated, Washington Blues Society and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Famer and recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, continues to be a favorite wherever she performs. Whether it be an intimate club, theater or festival setting, Duffy Bishop connects and delivers with her personal warmth, humor and booming emotional voice. In her four decades of performing professionally, she has shared the stage with many legends, including Ruth Brown, John Lee Hooker, Lou Rawls, Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Blue Bland and the great Paul deLay. With her long time collaborator, guitarist and husband Chris Carlson, they have played venues across the USA, Canada, Norway, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria. She has recorded seven cd’s, and has a new release due out Spring of 2012. When not touring with the band, Duffy and Chris join Teatro ZinZanni, a brilliant and crazy circus/cabaret/dinner show, since 1998, with theaters in both Seattle and San Francisco. Duffy has starred as Madame ZinZanni, a role also performed by Heart’s Ann Wilson, the amazing Thelma Houston, and world icon Joan Baez. Since breaking into the Portland Blues scene in the Mid-80’s, Franco Paletta has become one of the mainstays of the city’s Blues fans. His dynamic harp style and unique vocals has made him one of Portland’s favorite Blues personalities. His Harmonic influences include: Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton, Kim Wilson, William Clark, Rod Piazz and others. – – – – “There are just so many great players, I try to take a little from each of them! I mix’em up, and it just comes out Franco.”As good as his Harp Playing is, Franco’s strong vocals are what thrills the listeners. He has a unique vocal style that let’s you know that you are listening to a true Bluesman. ” I don’t try to sound like anyone. When people listen to me sing they get pure Franco. I’ve been given a gift, and when I sing the Blues, it’s my way of passing that on to someone else.”He has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a virtual Who’s Who of Portland’s Blues Luminaries, including Paul DeLay, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Peter Dammon, Jim Mesi, Chris Carlson, Duffy Bishop, Jimi Bott, Dave Kahl, Dover Weinburg, Suburban Slim, Robbie Laws, Terry Robb, Doug Rowell, and Norman Sylvester to name a few.In 2007 Franco won the Cascade Blues Associations’ “Journey to Memphis” Competition and was privileged to represent the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.Franco has also been seen at festivals regularly around the Northwest including the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR; Winthrop Blues Festival in Winthrop, WA. The Tri-Cities Blues Festival in Walla-Walla, WA. and The Biscuits and Blues Festival in San Francisco, CA. “I was born in a tar-paper shack in the Mississippi Delta,” guitarist Chris Carlson stated stone-faced as we began our interview. “Nah! Not really,” he broke out laughing. “I bet you get a lot of people who say that.” It was a eccentric moment sitting across from one another at the dining room table of the Northeast Portland home Chris shares with his musical and life partner, Duffy Bishop. And it was a prophecy of how the afternoon would proceed, full of laughs and fond memories. Chris was actually born in New Jersey. His father worked as an ad-man, which led to the family occasionally moving to different parts of the country. In the first few years of his life, Chris’ family had relocated to Chicago and Philadelphia before settling in Nashville for a stretch. Music was always present in the Carlson household. His parents had good taste in music, collecting albums that spanned a wide variety of genres, from Jazz and Broadway show-tunes to Odetta and Harry Belafonte. As a young child, Chris remembers being fascinated by Peggy Lee, but like everybody else in the early 1960s, it was the arrival of The Beatles that truly floored him. “The first Rock & Roll thing that I remember hearing on the radio was ‘I like bread and butter’,” Chris sang in a high falsetto. “It was two guys (The Newbeats, “Bread And Butter” 1964), with one singing like a woman. It just scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. I ran anytime I heard the record.” Living in Nashville also exposed Chris to the fluent Country & Western scene in the city. One of the advertising accounts that Chris’ father had was with Redman Chewing Tobacco. Many of the city’s performers had their own live television shows that broadcast on Saturday afternoons. Redman was a frequent sponsor and Chris’ father allowed him to tag along to watch as he would set up a small table at the side of the stage. He wrote ad material for musicians such as Porter Wagoner, who between songs would sit at the table and pitch the product: “When I’m not singing, I chew Redman Tobacco.” Nashville’s Country scene was captivating for the young Chris Carlson. The musicians he described as “gnarly old guys wearing strange costumes” gave off a spooky feeling, but they were also appealing at the same time. Among other musical inspirations that Chris found within his own family were through his Uncle Sonny’s taste for Jazz. He exposed Chris to the ground-breaking music of classic Jazzmen such as Thelonius Monk and Cannonball Adderley. But, perhaps more than anyone else, it was his older brother George who offered Chris the greatest source of influence. George attended college and when he returned home for visits, he always brought back an armful of new LPs. The brothers shared a room at night and would play the albums while they lay in bed: artists like John Hammond, Son House and James Brown. And Robert Johnson. The post Episode 9 Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson, Franco Paletta & The Stingers, appeared first on Mighty Mouth Blues.