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Sir Richard Bishop

As a founding member of the Sun City Girls, experimental guitarist Richard Bishop had been established as a cult icon for two decades before issuing his first solo album, Salvador Kali, on John Fahey’s Revenant label in 1998. With it, Bishop displayed his penchant for absorbing and incorporating stylistic approaches from all around the world into his music, which continued with more rawness on his next two releases, Improvika (2004) and Fingering the Devil (2006), due to each album being entirely improvised.

Bishop returned to more structured compositions with his fourth release, and after the death of Sun City Girls’ percussionist Charles Gocher in 2007, his solo work became his primary focus. Bishop signed with Drag City and released Polytheistic Fragments in the fall of 2007.

In 2008, he contributed the track "Corpuscle," a dark piece with traditional Spanish themes embedded, to Wooden Guitar, a various-artists album that also showcased the acoustic works of Jack Rose, Steffen Basho-Junghans, and Tetuzi Akiyama.

He returned to issuing his own material with The Freak of Araby in 2009, and played on his brother Alan's (Alvarius B.) Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset in 2011. The solo, LP-only Intermezzo appeared from Ideologic Organ in 2012.

Richard issued a collaborative album, this time with composer and sound sculptor W. David Oliphant, entitled Beyond All Defects on Chodpa Media in 2013. Formerly Extinct, by the power trio Rangda (Bishop, guitarist Ben Chasny, and drummer Chris Corsano), was released by Drag City the same year. He and Alvarius B. released the co-billed If You Don't Like It, Don't! on Important in 2014.

Bishop kicked off 2015 with two albums in two months: Road Stories (Kali) with Bill Orcutt appeared on Unrock in January, and the solo Tangier Sessions was released on Drag City in February. ~ Gregory McIntosh & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Very nice work, reminiscent of Peter Walker in the late 60's. Walker is still playing, give him a listen.
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randall.k.po o l
What an incredible talent!
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jessequattro 3
Sublime Frequencies is the name of the label. Amazing music can be found there.
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going to see him at the uc berkeley musuem next friday-can hardly wait.
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well,you should have-he and his brother are part of the sun city girls-one of the most interesting groups out there.his brother also runs a great record label,the name escapes me rite now.bishop is baaaaaaad !
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good , interesting guitar work;Never heard of Sir Richard before?
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each note in just the right place.
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same here Julie Waters
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wtf he just keeps amazing me every time i hear him play guitar. why is julie waters the only one who appreciates his talent.
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bow down and worship sir rick bishop
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sir richard bishop sorry i missed your show i heard it was awesome.
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sir richard bishop is the actual jesus. master of his profession and if anyone likes this check out the sun city girls his previous band.
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This is amazing.

It's rare that I listen to a guitar player and think that they've spent time inside my own head. I'm sitting here listening to Tripurasunda r i and just thinking "wow." I've rarely heard anything like this before, and it's amazing.

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