"Bishop is a revelation, belting dynamic blues ... with the blistering guitar of her husband
Chris Carlson…" - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“She’s dangerous!” - BO DIDDLEY
DUFFY BISHOP and her husband, guitarist CHRIS CARLSON met in Seattle in 1983. DUFFY from California, CHRIS from the East Coast. They had separately been honing their musical and theatrical skills, and when good fortune brought them together, they began a collaboration that lasts to this day.
There were the bands: Cool Ray and the Shades, DUFFY BISHOP and the Rhythm Dogs
and THE DUFFY BISHOP BAND.
And there were the theatrical productions: The Guitar Outlaws - A Tavern Opera; Janis,
a play about Janis Joplin with DUFFY in the title role and CHRIS the musical director; and
Teatro ZinZanni, an ongoing circus/cabaret extravaganza with venues in Seattle and
In 1991, DUFFY and CHRIS started THE DUFFY BISHOP BAND, and have enjoyed being
included in Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival many times through the years. The two moved to Portland n 1994 having already fallen in love with the city and it’s musicians. They were welcomed and embraced by the Blues community, and have been blessed to play and record with many of Oregon’s finest artists. The Band made four albums for the legendary Burnside Records label, as well as one for Trillium Records.
For over 30 years they have collected a lifetime of musical memories in Portland, performing with their own band and Portland Women and Blues, The Chris Mayther Band, The Dover Weinberg Quartet, The Paul deLay Band, The Ray Charles Tribute, The Etta James Tribute and The T Bone Walker Tribute.
The couple thanks the Cascade Blues Association, the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame, Portland’s clubs, theaters, musicians and fans for bringing so much to their lives. Though they now share their time traveling between the Great Northwest, the swamplands of Florida, the United States and the world, DUFFY and CHRIS are honored to to perform at the Waterfront Blues Festival 30th Anniversary.
DUFFY won the Cascade Blues “Female Singer of the Year” Award the group renamed it, the “DUFFY BISHOP Award.” DUFFY was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame in October 2016.