Johnny Bishop

16.04.2014

Biography

Johnny Bishop’s roots are in the south.  He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, home to the University of Virginia. Charlottesville was a small college town that had a hot and active music scene in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Checking out the bar bands and sneaking into ‘Frat’ parties were daily events.

Many bands came through Charlottesville and stopped for a show as they travelled between Atlanta, Washington DC and New York.  They included Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Ray Norcia, Ronnie Earl, Bob Margolin, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, The Charlottesville Blues Allstars & The Nighthawks. Johnny lived at these shows, watching, listening, learning and soaking up all he could.

Ultimately, this was the best education he could get in the field.   Johnny was elementally moved the first time he heard the blues and has never looked back.   “I started out playing guitar. I fooled around with a harp given to me by a close friend, but it seemed hard to get a good sound out of it. I picked it up from time to time and finally one day I bent a note and just about fell out! That was the sound I had been hearing but not finding.”

Now, over 30 years later, he’s still at it.  A six year stint working at Hohner USA in Richmond, Virginia, was a turning point.   From then on, music became his full time passion. Now residing in New Hampshire he performs with a new version of his Charlottesville band, Johnny B and the Goodes, and released his second record, Have Mercy on the Big Mo Records Label in the summer of 2008.

Johnny has been seen sitting in blowing harp with Muddy Water’s Legendary Blues Band, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis, The Nighthawks, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has opened for Delbert McClinton, Billy Price & The Keystone Rhythm Band, The Skip Castro Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and Kenny Neal.