Bonnie Bishop
Ambrose West
April 5, 2019


Ambrose West
312 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, 28806, US


Friday, April 5, 2019
8:00 PM

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Bonnie Bishop Biography

Bonnie Bishop started her career as a country rock singer-songwriter from Texas, who grew up in Houston, Texas and later moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

After arriving in Nashville, Bishop began writing and performing. She eventually received awards and recognition for her songwriting. In 2012, Bishop's idol Bonnie Raitt recorded her song "Not Cause I Wanted To." Bishop co-wrote this single with NRBQ guitarist "Big Al" Anderson and it was selected as a New York Times Best Song of 2012. "Not Cause I Wanted To" won Bishop her first Grammy in 2013 when Raitt's Slipstream won Best Americana Album that year. Raitt has even covered Bishop's own "Undone", saying in an interview with Billboard Magazine, "I love her work. Isn't she incredible?"
Another song Bishop wrote entitled "The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts" made its television debut in 2013 on ABC's hit show Nashville. One of the show's stars Rayna James (Connie Britton) performed the song at her comeback show on the legendary stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
After a long career of touring and performing bar gigs, Bishop took a break back home in Texas. She went to graduate school at Sewanee – University of the South for creative writing as a way to refresh herself after many years on the road. While studying at Sewanee, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) called her after hearing some demos. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music, Cobb asked Bishop for her original songs. From this list, Bishop's newest record "Ain't Who I Was" was born and will be released via Thirty Tigers on May 27.

Willie Nelson's 4 July Picnic 2006
Armed Forces Entertainment 2007 - Australia and Japan
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2008
The Ryman (with Robert Earl Keen) 2010
Texas Songwriter's Hall of Fame 2011
Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise 2013
Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball 2013
Texas Songwriter's Hall of Fame 2014
Bonnie Bishop (2002)
Goin' Back to Texas - Music by Rob Albertson, Lyrics by Bonnie Bishop
Men Are Like Buses - Bonnie Bishop
Only Glory - Leann Atherton and Jay Patterson
Send Me a Cowboy - Bonnie Bishop

Long Way Home (2004)
Send Me a Cowboy
Goin' Back to Texas
In the Mirror
Long Way Home
One of a Kind (The Waltz)
Men Are Like Buses
If I Needed You - Townes Van Zandt
Simple House
Sweet on the Down Low
Friend of Mine
Woman Willing to Wait
Wayfaring Stranger

Soft to the Touch (2005)
Love Never Knows
The House That Jack Built
Soft To The Touch
Something The Doctor Didn't Order
Brent Rollins
He Took Me To The River
I Must Want It Bad
Give It Up To Me
Red Moon
Fallen Angel

Bonnie Bishop and Friends: Live at Magnolia Avenue (2006)
Sweet On The Downlow
Fallen Angel
Almost Like Home
Soft To The Touch
If I Needed You
Fort Worth
Brent Rollins
You Don't Know Me
Friend Of Mine
The Things I Know
House That Jack Built
Red Moon
Everly Lane
You Don't Laugh Anymore
Fire And Rain
Send Me A Cowboy
Something The Doctor Didn't Order

Things I Know (2009)
Think I Will
Lucky Ones
Take Care of Me
Little By Little
Things I Know
Almost Like Home
Give Me Away
River of Joy
Shattered Intro
Every Time You Come Around

Free (2012)
Keep Using Me
Shrinking Violet
Bad Seed
World Like This
The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts
Right Where You Are
Bad Seed (Acoustic Version)

Ain't Who I Was (2016)
Be With You
Looking For You
Done Died
Poor Man's Melody
Too Late
Ain't Who I Was
Not Cause I Wanted To
You Will Be Loved

Personal life
Bonnie Bishop was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of two musicians. Her father was a blues piano player, and her mother a cellist. In 1991 she moved to Mississippi after her mother remarried. Bishop credits much of her vocal style to the students at her high school in Mississippi, however she was sent back to Houston to finish high school after her parents decided the local schools were a bad influence on her. Bishop graduated with a sociology degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.

External links
Warren Hood, Bonnie Bishop
IO Music Bonnie Bishop Soft to the Touch
Looking back at country music in 2006
Up Close with Bonnie Bishop September 24, 2004