Elvin Bishop Releases Benefit CD to Help Little Smokey Smothers
Elvin Bishop has released an album with his longtime friend and musical mentor, Little Smokey" Smothers to help during a time of need. Smokey has had declining health over the last few years and recently has lost both his legs to diabetes.
Elvin met Smokey in Chicago in 1960 while attending regular college at the University of Chicago and blues college" on the south and west sides. Smokey would have a steady mostly local career in the Chicago blues scene, while Elvin would gain prominence, first with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and then as an artist in his own right.
The CD is entitled Chicago Blues Buddies" and is produced by blues kingpin Dick Shurman. It features both studio and live recordings as well as an interview with the blues buddies conducted at the Chicago Blues Festival.
Elvin paid for this project and all revenues are going directly to Smokey.