"Bishop does sound rather like the much-missed Patsy Cline..." (Maverick Magazine - UK)
Pull of the Moon chosen as a Notable Northwest Recording of 2008 by KBCS FM (Christine Linde, Americana Music Director)
"Bishop is blessed with a hell of a voice and has her own type of pure Americana..." (Ctrl.Alt.Country - Belgium)
"A bluegrass influence is woven in and out of a number of tracks on this release and “Far Cry” is a classic example of that kicking-up-the-dust-on-a-back-road-less-traveled feel." (Victory Music Magazine - Tacoma, WA)
"What Bishop is doing with her songs crawl under your skin." (Moors Magazine - The Netherlands)
"Superb poetically written lyrics..." (Rootsville - Belgium)
On these 12 tracks, MJ’s unwavering smoky vocals start from the dirt in the crawl space, climb the stairs to the kitchen, the bedrooms, the attic, and finally blast through the roof. She takes you on a journey starting with the evocative opener “Up North” (about her small home town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), weaving a story around the life of a guitar, life’s pushes and pulls, love, loss, heartache, freedom from the nine-to-five job, and the appeal of the open road. You will be conflicted by the lyrics as they first lure you with the promise of good times before abruptly dropping you into a chasm of loneliness and heartache.
Come be her friend on MySpace (link over to your left there), check out her tour schedule, and come sit with her at a show to share some stories and a cold, crisp IPA (that’s India Pale Ale – her favorite brew).
MJ thanks you for supporting independent artists. Please send money. Or IPA.
THE OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS ON THIS ALBUM INCLUDE:
Bob Knetzger: pedal steel, dobro, banjo
Paul Elliott: fiddle
Traci Hoveskeland: cello
Chris Spencer: electric guitar
Nancy K. Dillon: backing voice
Thornton Bowman: backing voice
Paula Walters: upright bass
Doug Miller: upright bass
Aimee Zoe Tubbs: drums/percussion
MJ: voice, acoustic guitar, accordion