Have Blues Will Travel is a traditional acoustic blues duo featuring harmonica, guitar and vocals.
Johnny Bishopâ€™s roots are in the south. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, home to the University of Virginia. Charlottesville was a small college town that had a hot and active music scene in the late 60â€™s and early 70â€™s. Checking out the bar bands and sneaking into â€˜Fratâ€™ parties were daily events. Charlottesville was a common stopping point for bands traveling between Atlanta, Washington DC and New York. Seeing the bands that came through town was the best education he could get in the field. They included Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Ray Norcia, Ronnie Earl, Bob Margolin, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton & The Nighthawks. He lived at the shows, watching, listening, learning and soaking up all he could. He was elementally moved the first time he heard the blues and has never looked back. â€œI started out playing guitar. I fooled around with a harp given to me by a close friend, but it seemed hard to get a good sound out of it. I picked it up from time to time and finally one day I bent a note and just about fell out! That was the sound I had been hearing but not finding.â€ Now, over 30 years later, heâ€™s still at it. A six year stint working at Hohner USA in Richmond, Virginia, really was a turning point. â€œI got to meet, talk to and hang out with my heroes.â€ From then on, music became his full time passion.
Johnny has been seen blowing harp with Muddy Waterâ€™s Legendary Blues Band, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis, The Nighthawks, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
He has opened for Delbert McClinton, Billy Price & The Keystone Rhythm Band, The Skip Castro Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and Kenny Neal.
Currently Johnny lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire bringing traditional blues to New England with Jimmy Goodwin in his duo act â€˜Have Blues Will Travelâ€™.
Johnny Bishop is a Hohner Harmonica endorsee.
Itâ€™s hard to believe Jim Goodwin has only been playing professionally for 15 years. His first gig was with The John Lackard Blues Band out of Randolph, VT at the tender age of 16. He played with them for about five years and had the thrill of opening up for acts like James Cotton. He then headed south to Florida to test his fate. He played with a biker band for a year and then played for The Sauce Band, which was voted Best Band in Daytona for 1998 and 1999. During this time he also did side work for various bands. One such project was for Joe Davis, one of the few remaining original Drifters. In 2004 he moved back to Vermont and rejoined The John Lackard Blues Band. This is where he and Johnny Bishop met. Johnny and Jim came together to form the duo â€˜Have Blues Will Travelâ€™.
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