Bonnie Bishop Ain't Who I Was on LP
From the Grammy-Award Winning Writer of Bonnie Raitt's "Not Cause I Wanted To" and "Undone"
Helmed by Grammy-Award Winning Producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell)
Grammy-winning Bonnie Bishop will deliver her sixth album, Ain't Who I Was, in May 2016 via Thirty Tigers/RED. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), the album features 10 new recordings, including six songs co-written by Bishop. "The fact that this album is done is nothing short of a miracle," says the radiant 5'10 brunette with her 1,000-watt smile. "Ain't Who I Was is the result of me letting go of the dream that I'd built my whole life around: Music."
Like saying goodbye to an old friend, Bishop (37) cut ties with music - even selling her touring van and all of her merchandise - and passionately focused on writing and storytelling, marking an end to a career that had kept her on the road for more than a decade. She was determined to let go of music and she did for the next 18 months. She stopped writing songs and found that writing stories was a way to channel her emotions. On a whim, she applied to Sewanee's prestigious MFA Creative Writing program at Sewanee University of the South and much to her surprise was accepted. That's where she was, in graduate school pursuing her new career in story-writing, when she got a call from Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb.
Ain't Who I Was is Bishop's most transparent album to date. Armed with songs from her years-deep catalog, she approached the recording process with the innocence, hope and trepidation of a new artist, but with Cobb at her side. "You can hear Bonnie's soul and heart in every note she sings," says Cobb. "That's what attracted me to Bonnie; the honesty and humility in her songwriting." "Making music again felt different because I was no longer defined by it," adds Bonnie. "I didn't have the pressure of needing to 'succeed' in order to feel good about myself as a person. For the first time, music was fun and I have Dave Cobb to credit for that."
She'd grown quite an audience during her dozen-plus years on the road, earning one notable fan in particular, Bonnie Raitt, who decided to record Bishop's own "Not Cause I Wanted To" for her 2012 album Slipstream. Not only did the song earn Bishop her first Grammy award, but it was named 'Song Of The Year' by The New York Times' Jon Pareles. Bishop's songs have also been performed by TV star Connie Britton on ABC's prime-time show Nashville, and she recently celebrated a second Raitt cut when the slide guitar legend recorded "Undone" for her 20th career album Dig In Deep.
"I love her work," Raitt says of Bishop, with whom she shares a first name and a rootsy swagger. "She has a beautiful soul, artistry, honesty and courage. Bonnie is as gifted a prose writer as she is a musician, not to mention she's an incredible singer."