Cory Bishop
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Cory Bishop

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Americana Rock


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""Crown of Thorns" Video Premiered by Elmore Magazine"

"The track distills Bishop’s own straightforward, earnest sound, which both embraces and circumvents the influence of its Nashville provenance in all the right ways." - Elmore Magazine

"Cory Bishop - Cory Bisop EP"

"Honey I Ain't,"...creeps forward, cascading easily like a good Josh Ritter song, building and backing off and building again each chorus. It gallops forward with a nice beat, and how could you not love picturing this lyric? "The city streets are filled with empty/except the fog that's slowly lifting," he croons, "the buildings try to scrape the sky/by this point i've memorized the shade of green encompassed by your eyes." - No Mistake In Mixtape

"EP Review - Cory Bishop"

"Well written lyrics and lovely melodies delivered by a voice truthful, grounded and warm, Bishop simply makes good music." - The Daily Country

"Cory Bishop Concert on Tap at AMB"

“...his unabashed, as well as honest, style of music has struck a chord with audiences throughout the region.”
- Jesse Campbell - The Mountain Times - Boone, NC - August 15, 2014 - The Mountain Times

"EXCLUSIVE: Listen to “Carolina,” Premiere Track Off Cory Bishop’s Upcoming EP"

“Cory Bishop is an introspective, personal revelation featuring striking sentiment and imagery.”
-Elmore Magazine - September 25, 2014 - Elmore Magazine

"Cory Bishop is a Folksy Reprieve from Top 40 hits"

"...a wonderful reprieve from the flood of young guitarists crooning feeble lyrics over the same three chords. His talents as a musician and lyricist are evident in nearly every song with a soulful sound that’s hard to come by these days." - The Panther Online


Cory Bishop EP - October 2014

Southern Pines - April 2012

Vinegar and Wine EP - February 2012


Feeling a bit camera shy


It wouldn’t be going too far to say that Cory Bishop’s musical fate was sealed before he was even a twinkle in his mother’s eye...

It was in the fall of 1979 that a Psychology grad student finally managed to work up the nerve to ask out the prettiest gal on campus. Without much of a follow up plan he asked her back to his office, and things looked like they might end before they even got started. The Muses must have been watching, as the young ladies eye happened to land on our hero’s framed, torn cover of Bob Dylan posing in 1969 for Hit Parade Magazine, hat tipped in front of the Nashville skyline. Turns out she'd kept that same cover over the years too…

Bishop’s parent’s love for Dylan rolled down the family tree in a deluge, and in his rousing music you can hear echoes of the great many iconic singers and songwriters that framed his world as he grew up. It turns out a psychological propensity for emotional insight has been passed down as well, and his intimate, searching lyrics you can find a man how’s reflected deeply on the life he’s lived.

Born in Southern California, Bishop headed to Nashville, TN for college where he studied both music and religion. He struggled to balance both subjects, even spending a semester in Seminary before dropping out for good to pursue music. "I see it now," Bishop asserts, "as my job and my duty to craft songs that can help people catch a glimpse of hope; catch a glimpse of love and redemption." This is the central message woven into Cory Bishop. Hope, love, and redemption aren't new themes to any songwriter, but Bishop manages to deal with these themes carefully, tastefully, and without cliché.

The record starts off with a soul-searching declaration of self on “You Can’t Take Me” before sliding into the multifaceted “Carolina (Bishop notes that “Carolina is a place, but Carolina is also a girl. It’s my on-off relationship with God, and my on-off relationship with my dreams.”) “Crown of Thorns” is a hung-over and guilt-ridden postmortem on a tempestuous relationship, too raw and real to not be raw and real. It segues into the break up song “Whenever You Are, Babe” – though, is that some light on the horizon? It all comes together on closer “Honey I Ain’t” where verses laced with complex imagery are balanced with choruses that couldn’t be simpler. For me, this is the Nashville skyline” says Bishop. “The same one that Dylan named his 1969 record after. The same record that brought my parents together in 1979. And here I am in Nashville writing about that skyline.” At the end of the day, it all balances out and boils down to a love song; and after all, isn’t that why we’re all here to begin with?

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