Cori Bishop: aka Elyse, at the Havurah
Folk-rock singer and songwriter Cori Bishop, aka Elyse in the '60s, may have hit another one out of the park with "In My Own Sweet Time."
The new CD comes 40 years after her 1968 debut titled simply "Elyse." Bishop, whose real name was Elyse Weinberg, created a stir on the West Coast with her first album. She appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, in Newsweek magazine and the Los Angeles Free Press — alongside artists Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro — and played clubs, including the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood.
Now an Ashland resident, Bishop and her band, Traveling Light, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave.
Bishop's band features a lineup of local musicians, including guitarist Joe Diehl, vocalist Paula Flowers, violin and viola player Linda Powers, drummer and vocalist David Gabriel, bassist John Swinnerton and Richard Williams on keys. The band, along with singer Gene Burnett, Steve Sutfin on drums, Sam Cuenca on bass, Bob Miner on harmonica and Larry Newcomb on clarinet also worked with Bishop on "In My Own Sweet Time."
In 2002, Bishop's first album again was met with positive feedback when it was released on the Orange Twin record label based in Athens, Georgia.
"The album is a mixture of pastoral folk and rock, tripped-out psychedelia and orchestrated strings and horns in the style of The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's,' " states record executive Andrew Rieger on Orange Twin's website. "Elyse's voice (is) pretty and melodic while ... sounding very desperate and ragged, quivering and shaking through songs brimming with a sense of impending doom. Scary and magical stuff."
Two alternative rock bands — Veviter of San Francisco and Dinosaur Jr. of Massachusetts — covered the track "Houses."
The new CD is a collection of songs that reflect Bishop's lifelong fascination with the mysteries of life and love.
Tickets for the show at Havurah Shir Hadash cost $10 and are available at the door. "In My Own Sweet Time" is available at www.elyseweinberg.com or www.cdbaby.com.