Bishop Gunn

Debut Album Natchez out to Critical Acclaim

Emerging rock band Bishop Gunn will support The Marcus King Band throughout August and September, including stops at Austin’s Mohawk, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, and Chicago’s Thalia Hall. The new dates follow recent shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, and an appearance at the Outlaw Music Festival Tour supporting Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart and Old Crow Medicine Show. See below for details.

Bishop Gunn continue to support their debut album Natchez (named after the band’s hometown in Mississippi), which entered the Billboard Blues Chart at #4 and the Heatseekers South Central Chart at #8.

The record continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:

“Anyone can cite the Muscle Shoals sound as an influence, but few acts can actually pull off making music worthy of such a claim. Nashville band Bishop Gunn is one of those acts…The resulting music is the perfect blend of Nashville and the Shoals, and is the rare album that builds upon its influences rather than resorting to outright mimicry.”-Rolling Stone Country

“With its eleven powerful tracks that pay tribute to the swampy southern blues of their origin, edged with gut-punching rock n’ roll, the album represents the sound of the South as they know it. We can’t get enough.”-Mother Church Pew

“Bishop Gunn emerged, like torchbearers for a new wave of blues to come out of the Mississippi Delta.”-Culture Collide

“Natchez is eleven songs that have a smoky, southern rock with bluesy undertones. It feels like a mixture of geographical destinations on the Trace from Franklin to Leiper’s Fork, Muscle Shoals and Natchez.”-Southern Exposure Magazine

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Four songs from Natchez were recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 2017 with producer Mark Neill (The Black Keys). The album’s lead single, “Shine,” is the first release of material tracked inside the legendary MSSS since it reopened in January 2016. Watch/share the video for “Shine” here: At MSSS, the band recorded simultaneous live tracking of guitars, drums, vocals, bass-something they’d never done before. 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, TN home studio operated by Grammy-winning producer Casey Wasner.

Bishop Gunn is Travis McCready (vocals), Burne Sharp (drums), Drew Smithers (guitar) and Ben Lewis (bass). Following many years in steelwork in Natchez, McCready decided to go into music full time. After both playing music in various incarnations, McCready and Sharpe connected at the big annual festival in Natchez. A friendship and collaboration formed, rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta. They added members and Bishop Gunn’s current lineup stuck shortly thereafter. Now, the band members live together, write and have set up a home studio in a farmhouse just outside Leiper’s Fork, TN. They rehearse at a repurposed grocery store in the area.


1. Southern Discomfort
2. Anything You Want
3. Right There With Me
4. Devil is Woman
5. Shine
6. Silver Street
7. All The Ways
8. Wheels
9. Makin’ It
10. Baby What You Want
11. Alabama


June 29-Downtown Concert Series-Jacksonville, IL
July 8-3rd & Lindsley, Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night-Nashville, TN
July 22-The Peach Music Festival-Scranton, PA
July 24-W.C. Handy Music Festival-Florence, AL
July 27-Mid-America Music Fest: Black Silo Winery-Trenton, MO
August 2-Mile of Music Festival-Appleton, WI
August 4-Jam at the Ridge-Le Roy, NY*
August 5-9th Ward Babeville-Buffalo, NY
August 11-Jodie Jam, The Big House Museum-Macon, GA
August 16-Annual Illinois State Fair-Springfield, IL
August 22-Duling Hall, Jackson, MS†
August 23-Tipitina’s-New Orleans, LA†
August 24-House of Blues-Houston, TX†
August 25-Mohawk-Austin, TX†
August 26-House of Blues-Dallas, TX†
August 30-The Green Room-Flagstaff, AZ†
August 31-Crescent Ballroom-Phoenix, AZ†
September 1-191 Toole-Tucson, AZ†
September 4-Belly Up-Solana Beach, CA†
September 5-6-Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA†
September 12-Mystic Theatre-Petaluma, CA†
September 14-The Commonwealth Room-Salt Lake City, UT†
September 18-Bourbon Theatre-Lincoln, NE†
September 26-Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL†
September 27-Amsterdam Bar & Hall-St. Paul, MN†
September 30-Turner Hall Ballroom-Milwaukee, WI†

*with The Outlaws
†with Marcus King Band