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Bishop Gunn to open for The Rolling Stones on July 27 in Houston

NATCHEZ — Hometown Natchez blues rock band Bishop Gunn announced via social media Wednesday that the band will be the opening act for The Rolling Stones July 27 show in Houston, Texas.

“HOUSTON! We are beyond excited to announce that we will be joining The Rolling Stones at the NRG Park on July 27 as a part of their No Filter US tour!

Grab your tix at bishopgunn.com/tour,” the social media post states.

Bishop Gunn band member Ben Lewis said Thursday evening that he and his fellow band members — Travis McCready, Drew Smithers, Lewis and Burne Sharp — are looking forward to opening for the Stones in July.

“I don’t know that it has really sunk in completely, and it may not until after we walk out on stage,” Lewis said. “That is a band that has succeeded in every decade. … We always hope to continue growing, and we still do. Our intention is to grow and build a strong foundation instead of being a rocket shooting to the top. Our approach is one step at a time, building a good rapport with other bands and continuing to make friends along the way. After this show, we’re moving a notch up on in the media and this is a huge opportunity for us. … We’ve done a lot of writing lately and we’re looking ahead.”

Bishop Gunn has made a home and a name for themselves in Nashville since their early beginnings in Natchez where three of the four members grew up and have all continued to embrace their home city with the release of their first full-length album called “Natchez” in May 2018.

Soon after its release, “Natchez” entered the Billboard charts as the No. 4 Blues Album and also appeared as No. 8 on their Heatseekers South Central chart.

Since then and before, Bishop Gunn has taken their Southern hospitality on tours across the country starting with Kid Rock’s annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise,” where they were voted the best band on the boat by the “chillers.”

Bishop Gunn has played support dates for Blackberry Smoke, The Marcus King Band, Whiskey Myers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, and Black Stone Cherry and went on their first European tour this year with support dates with Slash.

Variety’s website on Wednesday reported Bishop Gunn as the opening act for The Rolling Stones in Houston and listed all the opening acts set for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour”

“Others set as support acts by the Stones include St. Paul & the Broken Bones (for the Chicago tour opening), Whiskey Myers (a second night in Chicago One 25), the Glorious Sons and the Beaches (June 29 in Ontario, the only Canadian date), Ghost Hounds (July 3 in Washington, D.C.), Gary Clark Jr. (July 7 in Foxboro, Mass.), Ivan Neville’s Dumpstapunk and the Soul Rebels (July 14 at a newly added date in New Orleans), the Revivalists (July 19 in Jacksonville), Des Rocs (July 23 in Philadelphia), Bishop Gunn (July 27 in Houston), the Wombats (August 1 in East Rutherford), Lukas Nelson (August 5 in East Rutherford and August 14 in Seattle), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (August 10 in Denver) and Vista Kicks (August 18 in Santa Clara).”