This month, the NCFBS offers something special: Famed singer Duffy Bishop, an electrifying performer from the Pacific Northwest and her fantastic band, the Duffy Bishop Band, will be hosting this Sunday’s monthly jam at the Dirty Bar. She is a powerful Blues blaster, a sultry soul singer, and a presence who connects with her audience in a deeply personal way, be it in an intimate club or huge festival.

Based in Portland Oregon, Duffy is in the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and a recipient of both organizations’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She has won the Cascade Blues Association’s Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row that they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award.

Duffy toured Japan as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company (yes, the band Janis Joplin was in). With her long-time collaborator, guitarist and husband Chris Carlson, they have played venues across the USA, Canada, Norway, Japan, Hong Kong, and Austria.  “Who Is Duffy Bishop And Why Is She Not World Famous?” a documentary on her life, was released in 2010.

Duffy and Chris have relocated to St. Augustine, and joined the North Central Florida Blues Society (lucky us!) Find out more at

Let me leave you with one quote, if you’re not already convinced that you really need to be there:

“Bishop is a revelation, belting dynamic blues … with the blistering guitar of her husband Chris Carlson.”  – Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle-October 22, 2011

The jam starts at 7, and signups start by 6:30, so get there early if you want to play.  There is no smoking inside the Dirty Bar during an NCFBS event.  There is no cover charge for the jam.