Lest you think we dwell only on hipster indie pop/rock here at TWJ, we take a moment to respect our elders. Bishop Perry Tillis recorded his debut and only album Too Close at the tender age of 53 after a Swedish music enthusiast found him living with his third wife in a Memphis church where he was the self-proclaimed Bishop. Tillis had gone blind only a year before due to his diabetes, but still played his brand of gospel blues. Before his stint as a man of the southern cloth, he rambled across both sides of the Mississippi, playing with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Blind Willie Johnson. He passed in 2004 at the age of 85.
If you haven’t been to church yet this week, take a few words of wisdom from the Bishop.
(From Too Close, out now on Birdman Recordings)