Leiper’s Fork Band Named “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone

Bishop Gunn

Rolling Stone Country recently released their list of “10 Artists You Need to Know” and featured on that list is Bishop Gunn of Leiper’s Fork.

Natchez, the debut album from Bishop Gunn, enters the Billboard Blues Chart at #4 and #8 on Heatseekers South Central. Natchez (named after the band’s hometown in Mississippi) is out now on Farm2Turntable and is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

“Anyone can cite the Muscle Shoals sound as an influence, but few acts can actually pull off making music worthy of such a claim. Nashville band Bishop Gunn is one of those acts…The resulting music is the perfect blend of Nashville and the Shoals, and is the rare album that builds upon its influences rather than resorting to outright mimicry,” writes Rolling Stone Country.

Most recently they performed a sold-out album release show at The Franklin Theatre in as well as a hometown celebration in Natchez—the first annual Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil. At the event, they were presented with a key to the city by Mayor Darryl Grennell, who proclaimed May 12 “Bishop Gunn Day.”

Four songs for Natchez were recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 2017 with producer Mark Neill (The Black Keys). The album’s lead single, “Shine,” is the first release of material tracked inside the legendary MSSS since it reopened in January 2016. The album also features a song tracked at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios as well as six songs cut at The Purple House, a Leiper’s Fork, TN home studio operated by Grammy-winning producer Casey Wasner. And if you missed at the Franklin Theatre, you can catch their next local performance at Pilgrimage Festival at Harlinsdale Farm in September.

Also on Rolling Stone Countrys list were artists Lacy Cavalier, Nathan Kalish, Tenille Townes, and more. See the complete list here.