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Dime to a Dollar: Live at One2one

by Heather Bishop

Standing at the crossroad of Blues, Rock, and Americana
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Dime to a Dollar (Live)
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2. There's a Riot Going on in Cell Block No. 9 (Live)
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3. Chicago (Live)
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4. Angel Waltzing in Time (Live)
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5. Northbound (Live)
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6. Westbound Train (Live)
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7. Carolina Blues (Live)
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8. House of the Rising Sun (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Liner Notes:

At times in her career, the notoriously performance-shy Heather Bishop has been compared to Ani DiFranco, Tina Turner, and even Richie Havens. This comes as no surprise to close friends and fans. Her songwriting and performances are at once bold yet subtle, cool yet impassioned. The contrast between this, however, and her soft spoken way of moving through the world has long been a source of surprise for new audiences. “THAT came out of her?” is a commonly expressed sentiment by those hearing her for the first time.

Her simple stories of the human experience speak of commonality even as they strike unique chords in audience memory. In response to her preference to be mixed low in productions, former SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke (1961-2012) once infamously told her “Don’t be afraid of your voice- it’s there for a reason.” Composer and guitarist Danny G, longtime friend and collaborator, notes that for many her gentle demeanor simply means that when she performs “the uncork is a surprise.”

A longtime session musician, Heather’s passion for being the “icing on someone else’s cake” is evidenced by numerous recordings dating back to the 1990’s. Whether delicately harmonizing with a Texas Troubadour or delivering a gospel-tinged soulful wail on a rock anthem, her chameleon like voice can be found throughout the Texas music diaspora, often uncredited. She has trained as a classical violist with mentors from Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. She also studied percussion with esteemed drummer Barry “Frosty” Smith.

Through the Hill Country Blues band Old Gray Mule, Heather found particular joy performing with Delta Blues musicians such as David Kimbrough Jr and Cedric Burnside, musical descendants of American blues legends Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, respectively. Her anonymity has often been a point of both pride and convenience, and she once stated “my purpose is music, not recognition.” For that reason she has historically demurred from public work with numerous artists while still enjoying the benefit of their wisdom and experience. A chance encounter once led her voice to be regularly recorded and sampled by dj’s for dance tracks and club mixes throughout Europe and the United States.

Born in New York to West Indian parents, Heather was raised in the American South, eagerly spreading her musical wings in both Texas and Georgia. These multicultural roots are reflected in her influences- from jazz to blues, from calypso to reggae, from gospel to southern rock and the many shades in between. Through this she discovered the essence of Louis Armstrong’s great quote- “All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song”. Her personal songwriting thus reflects a soulful fusion of many styles.

Prior albums include Graceful Riot at the 710, a duo album with Frosty recorded live at Room 710 - a now-defunct rock venue in the Red River Cultural District in Austin, Texas - and Trains and Revolutions - a full band album recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer Cris Burns.

Like so many session artists, Heather learned early on that “one must play for the song, not the ego”. To that end, collaboration and improvisation are high priorities. Equally important is the spirit in which one engages with others onstage. These factors played an important role in selecting the musicians for this record.

An appreciator of the jazz aesthetic, Heather prefers that no song be played exactly the same way each night, though basic form or structure is established. The musicians onstage for this recording were consummate artists- known not only for their technical skill but also for their personal style. A small troupe of dancers performed and in response to the magic of the night musician Paul Rutherford created the casual and impromptu recording that became this album.

THE BAND
Danny G is a multinstrumentalist and composer known primarily for his work on bass and guitar. A workhorse musician who tours and performs with numerous bands, his personal band is Ocean of Stars. Heavily influenced by classic rock, Danny plays with fierce intensity yet with dynamic control. His style includes a strong emphasis on sonic texture and atmosphere versus theatrics. A veteran of the rock scene of Austin’s Red River Cultural District, Danny’s additional recorded performances can be heard with the Mother Truckers and the Eric Tessmer Band.

Jonas Saks is a bass player who specializes in simple and aggressive grooves that move an audience from heart to foot. He approaches music without caution and his varied roots run deep- from blues to funk, classic rock to Motown, rap to heavy metal. A busy session artist, signature recordings of his work can be heard with the band Dahebegebees. His goal for live performances is to unify people through dance and collective good times.

Marc Redix is a drummer with a signature, conversational style. Like the rest of the band, he plays for the song first- finding his collaborative place in the music based upon what serves it best. He is influenced by all that he hears, regardless of style, and can be additionally found performing with the Eric Tessmer Band.

THE SONGS
Dime to A Dollar features sassy lyrics and heavy guitar riffs to set a sexy, blazing tone for the opening of the record.

There’s a Riot Going On In Cell Block No 9 is a new take on the classic performance by The Robins, and here Heather’s voice simply struts.

Chicago flows like an easy river with light drum and bass lines moving under lilting vocals.

Angel Waltzing In Time is a nontraditional waltz with one stanza written for each of three nontraditional men- musician Stephen Bruton, writer Bud Shrake, and poet Craig Arnold.

Northbound is a haunting and almost discordant piece that speaks to the quiet strength beneath heartache.

Carolina Blues is a riff heavy blues jam that includes a subtle musical homage to one of Austin’s favorite hometown bands from the 90’s.

House of the Rising Sun is a simple yet powerful remake of the classic folk song.

No one single recording has ever captured the full range of Heather’s strength and style, but with a cast of stellar musicians on a night filled with friends and fans alike, a common refrain was “I heard her differently tonight.” We look forward to hearing more.

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