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Sir Richard Bishop @ 191 Toole

Stateside & The Rialto Theatre Present

Sir Richard Bishop @ 191 Toole

Al Perry, Roman Barten-Sherman

May 05 Fri

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

191 Toole

$10.00-$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Sir Richard Bishop
Sir Richard Bishop
Richard Bishop was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1960. He is best known for his 26 year involvement with the band Sun City Girls (1981-2007) and as an experimental solo guitarist whose work often reflects the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail.

Bishop technically began playing the guitar when he was 11, after his parents bought him a cheap Buck Owens styled red, white and blue guitar. He took guitar lessons for about three weeks but it didn’t ‘take’. When he was 15 he began again and proceeded to teach himself how to play the instrument. By age 18 he and his brother Alan were performing together while in college, mainly in coffee houses, seedy bars and at parties.

Both Bishops left Michigan in 1979 and settled in Phoenix, AZ, continuing to perform together, mainly among the city’s open mic circuit. In 1981 the brothers joined up with drummer Charles Gocher and formed the long-running underground group Sun City Girls, who during their 26 years produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7” records. Also in the early 1980s Richard was a member of the group Paris 1942 which included Alan Bishop, J. Akkari (Jesse Srogoncik) and former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.
Sun City Girls circa 1983 (photo by Holiday)
Sun City Girls circa 1983 (photo by Holiday)

Paris 1942 circa 1982 (photo by Holiday)
Paris 1942 circa 1982 (photo by Holiday)

Bishop’s first solo record, Salvador Kali, was released by John Fahey’s esteemed Revenant Records label in 1998. It was issued under the name of Sir Richard Bishop (the name stuck). The album showcases Bishop's own particular obsessions and roots, drawing from a variety of worldwide sources. Locust Music issued his second record, Improvika (2004), which consisted of nine extemporaneous pieces for solo acoustic guitar. Up next was Fingering the Devil (2006), which was recorded at an impromptu session at London’s Southern Studios on a day off during Bishop's 2005 European tour. This was followed by two more releases from Locust: Elektronika Demonika (2006), a recording of electronic sound experiments, containing no guitar at all; and While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (2007), featuring three extended compositions for acoustic and electric guitar. Richard's 30-minute film God Damn Religion, a seizure-inducing montage of occult imagery was released in 2008 on DVD, also by Locust.

In 2005, Bishop began performing full time as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Bishop's next album, Polytheistic Fragments, was released by the Drag City label in 2007. It includes works for acoustic, electric and lapsteel guitar, plus two piano compositions. In 2009, Drag City issued The Freak of Araby which was Bishop's tribute to late Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid as well as a celebration of the Middle Eastern music that Bishop's grandfather often played for him as a young child.

Richard has issued many albums on other labels such as Unrock, Ideologic Organ, Southern Lord, VDSQ, and more, while maintaining a continuing working relationship with Drag City.

In 2010, Bishop joined forces with fellow guitarist Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and drummer extraordinaire Chris Corsano to create the group Rangda. Since then, three full length Rangda releases have been issued by Drag City (False Flag [2010], Formerly Extinct [2012], and The Heretic’s Bargain [2016]), with additional LPs on Unrock and Ba Da Bing! Records.
Al Perry
Al Perry
You may upset Al Perry by referring to him, as so many do, as "legendary," since this implies a less-than-contemporary stance among pioneer hardcore rock innovators. Far from retired, the venerated guitarist and songwriter has been a fixture on the Tucson-based roots-rock and alt/country scene for decades, widely credited as one of the first musicians to successfully perform "punked-out country" to timelessly adoring audiences worldwide. His ensemble band (The Cattle features interchangeable members, including longtime bassist Dave Roads, drummer Tommy Larkins (who tours with Jonathan Richman), and the Resonars' Matt Rendon. Al and a 1997 version of the Cattle produced Losin' Hand, which is universally hailed, particularly by imitative musicians, as a hallmark of severely cool, intelligent country punk. Musicians dotting the map since the early 1980's mention Losin' Hand as a landmark reocrd of country/punk alchemy, influencing the musical careers of desert rock bands Flathead, Gila Bend, Giant Sand, Calexico, the Lazy Cowgirls, and many others. An occasional actor who pops up in independent and studio films and a celebrated Tucson deejay, Al has been described as "tremendously versatile," "the best musician to happen to another musician" and "a lifetime of influence" (Greg Swanholm, Flathead). Al's discography includes recordings with Marshmallow Overcoat, Rich Hardesty and the Del-Reys, Dan Stuart, Giant Sand, Fish Karma, and The Richies, as well as nearly a dozen compilation albums, including a tribute album to CCR's John Fogerty.
Roman Barten-Sherman
Roman Barten-Sherman
Fourteen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been playing Delta Blues guitar since the age of four. His repertoire draws from the deep vernacular of artists such as Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, Blind Blake and Skip James. His performance history includes opening support for David Bromberg Quintet, Bobby Rush, John Mayall, and the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Rialto Theater and frequent bookings at The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Hotel Congress. His debut CD, Interstellar Blues was a 2014 KXCI top 40 pick of the year. 2015 saw the the release of the album Death of Immortality by Barten-Sherman’s electric Hill Country Blues duo, Roman Barten-Sherman and The Interstellar Blues Orchestra. In July of 2016, Barten-Sherman released Motherless Child Blues an album of cover songs by great women of the blues.