Bishop has managed to create a distinct sound that makes it hard for you to compare him to any single artist. Instead, you hear a unique balance of so many great songwriters and singers that influence him. His signature voice manages to wrap Springsteen, Cash, and Ryan Adams all into one. His lyrics and phrasing point towards the brilliance of Josh Ritter, of Neil Young, of Dylan. He feels like Jason Isbell; The Wallflowers; The Band.
"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 his new, five-song EP, due out May 20.