Travis McCready of Bishop Gunn hasn’t walked 50 yards from the stage when the first fan stops him. It won’t be the last, either. The two-block walk to the shotgun cottage where he’s staying, in view of the Mississippi River, takes as long as a Southern goodbye.
The Nashville-by-way-of-Natchez, Mississippi, rock and soul band just wrapped soundcheck at the second Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil, their annual hometown party, and it’s already a love fest. Gates won’t open for another hour, but a handful of well-wishers have found a way past security. No one seems to mind.
Two days ago, McCready and his bandmates were on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, playing a festival with Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson and the Cadillac Three. Before that they toured Europe with Slash and supported the Marcus King Band in the U.S. Tonight, they’re playing on top of an eclectic bill with heavy-hitters Tyler Childers and Black Stone Cherry.