Bonnie Bishop at The Basement 

Princess Billy

Princess Billy
Comparing Bonnie Bishop to better-known Bonnies of earlier generations (say, Bramlett and Raitt) might seem like a convenient move, but it actually rings true. Bishop’s got a video up on her MySpace profile that shows her gushing about meeting Raitt backstage. But—far more importantly—her voice musters the sort of natural heat and rasp those other two are known for. Back in her native Texas, Bishop also attracted pillars of the red-dirt music community as a songwriter. She wrote with Ray Wylie Hubbard and toured a bunch with Robert Earl Keen. After moving here a couple years back, she found a good match in Will Kimbrough as co-writer and co-producer. They made her fourth album together last year, and she released it independently this August with the title Things I Know. “Virginia”—an R&B strut on there—is a real achievement: classic-sounding as it gets with unexpected turns of chord and melody plus attitude.
Mon., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., 2009


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