Of the many aspiring young rock acts emerging on the busy cross-Atlantic music scene, Bishop Gunn is most definitely on the rise and firing from all barrels with their flint edged sparky set of southern hued hard rock. Hailing from the Mississippi city of Natchez, their southern roots flow through their huge sound as shiny and solid as the famed blue catfish from its legendary state river.

Naming their debut album after their home city of Natchez, BG wore their proud southern roots on their musical sleeves with a swaggering set which strived towards explosive in most parts. Commanding the stage with his raw presence, Singer Travis McCready roared his way through a set of hard rockers kicking off with Silver Street from the debut album. Drew Smithers revved up the guitar riffs as the band progressed through a bluesy Lynyrd Skynyrd inspired run of mostly debut album songs.

The hardcore rhythms powered by bassist Ben Lewis and concussive drummer Burne Sharp lock in tight but loose on Baby What You Want Me To Do? And a jaunty rocked-up cover of That’s All Right Mama shook up this claustrophobic tight stage.

Southern Discomfort with its gut-punch floor-banging feel raised the temperature in this decently attending gig. However, it was left to hit song Alabama to bring the set sweetly home.

Red hot from a supporting slot on Slash/Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators tour, tonight’s well judged and finely executed cover versions of Zeppelin’s What Is and What Should Never Be and set closer Hey Jude wrapped up a showcase brimming with promise for an eagerly awaited sophomore album.

Under the experienced guiding hand of manager Aubrey Preston, Bishop Gunn has the attitude and the tunes to make a loud mark in a very competitive genre.

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