Alternative rockers to perform at Elvis Fest

Bishop Gunn

Alternative rockers Bishop Gunn will give a free concert Friday, June 8 at Fairpark, as part of the 20th anniversary of Tupelo Elvis Festival. This year’s lineup also includes Muscadine Bloodline, Memphis Jones and Spunk Monkees. Bishop Gunn recently released their debut album, Natchez (named after the band’s hometown in Mississippi). This is great rockin’ blues peppered with funk recorded simultaneous with live tracking of guitars, drums, bass and vocals — something they’d never done before. “I’ve always been a fan of music—all kinds, all eras—it makes up the ingredients of who I am as a musician,” said Travis McCready, vocalist. “From grunge, and 70s rock and roll to 60s soul and the blues of the decades before that and even some funk and hip-hop. Combining these influences into an authentic rock sound was the goal when we first started working on this album, and with the variety of players in this band, it came very naturally.” 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, Tenn. home studio operated by Grammy-winning producer Casey Wasner. The producer was Mark Neil (Black Keys). Bishop Gunn is McCready, Burne Sharp (drums), Drew Smithers (guitar) and Ben Lewis (bass). Personal favorites are the heartfelt ballad “Wheels” and the full-blown rocker “Southern Discomfort.” The boys recently performed at Pil -grimage Festival in Franklin, Tenn., as part of the Americana Music Triangle. The Tupelo concert will begin at 6 p.m. Friday Night at Fairpark will have food vendors, Coca-Cola products and beer for sale. There won’t be any chairs set up, so Tupelo Main Street encourages everyone to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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