Bryce Janey Band
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Bryce Janey Band

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1991 | INDIE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1991
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"BRYCE JANEY - "Blue Moon Rising""

BRYCE JANEY - "Blue Moon Rising"

Bryce Janey from Iowa delivers his twelfth studio album in his solo career with 'Blue Moon Rising'. A career that started in 1995 when he decided to come out under the wing of The Janeys (the band he was in with his father and mother) and stand on his own two feet. The album is the successor of the 2018 'Brand New Day' and opens nicely with the ripping guitar lick that gives Back In The Day something dirty on top of the already great rocking song. The gentlemen are very good at rocking that fine and the tandem of Dan “DJ” Johnson and Eric Douglas on bass and drums respectively is one that knows what to do. The solos Bryce conjures up from his Strat are raw and tasteful at the same time. It is a line that is very constantly extended over the rest of the nine songs on the album, just over fifty minutes of well-cared-for blues rock.

Recording took place earlier this year at Southwest Studios under the direction of Bryce Janey himself and producer Joe Romagnola , with Janey taking care of the mixing and mastering alone. Nowhere does the sound sound smeared and all parties come into their own. For lovers of the better bass work this has become a wonderful album because what Dan “DJ” Johnson conjures from his bass guitar here is of a very high level. That may not be very surprising given his reputation and impressive career, but on a guitar-driven record like this that doesn't mean it should go unmentioned.

All in all, 'Blue Moon Rising' has become an album that fans of Bryce Janey love to hear. With now twelve records on the counter, that alone is an achievement. - Jan Wolf / Bluestown Musc (September 2022)


Discography

Bryce Janey is an American blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He has performed onstage with Kenny NealBuddy GuyTab Benoit, and Koko Taylor. In 2007, Janey was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Including his October 2022 release, Blue Moon Rising, Janey has issued 13 solo albums since 1995. He was born in Marion, Iowa, United States. He began his career at the age of 13, performing on guitar alongside his father (guitar) and mother (drums) in a family-based blues rock trio, the Janeys. They played across the area from ChicagoIllinois, to Los AngelesCalifornia. The family later relocated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Janeys shared a stage with acts including Buddy GuyDelbert McClintonBlues TravelerJohnny Winter, and Elvin Bishop.  Both he and his father, Billy Lee Janey, were inducted in to the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The duo sometimes still perform in a four- or five-piece band billed as the Janeys.

In 2001, he released his first solo live album, Live at J.M. O'Malley's. In 2010, he released Blues In My Soul. It was Janey's sixth solo release, and featured 13 tracks and saw Janey backed by Dan Johnson (bass) and Eric Douglas (drums). The album was recorded at Catamount Recording Studioand produced by Tom Tatman. Game of Life followed in 2011, which saw a release party held in Cedar Rapids. The album was Janey's eighth solo release and his second on the Grooveyard Records label. Game of Life again featured the rhythm section of Dan Johnson and Eric Douglas. Janey triumphed at the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011, and in 2012 was an International Blues Challenge semi-finalist in Memphis, Tennessee. With his father, Billy Lee Janey, Bryce Janey stated at the time "we did a handful of festivals together this summer and will release a new Janey's Band CD for Grooveyard this winter". In 2011, he released two albums: Down Home Blues and Game of Life. Delta Road (2015) was the tenth album recorded by Janey, with Johnson and Douglas providing the rhythm. Perry Welsh played harmonica on Janey's acoustic dobro version of Robert Johnson's, "Hellhound on My Trail". The other non-original on Delta Road was Janey's take on Rory Gallagher's "Lonesome Highway". His CD, Brand New Day, (2018) was preceded by a mainly acoustic album, Organic Man (2016).

Janey has performed at many major music festivals and clubs over the years including: B.B. Kings Blues Club in Memphis, Blues Excreta Club in Chicago, Illinois, the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Fest (Chicago Blues Festival, 1990), Ribfest-Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in 2012 and 2022.


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Bryce Janey
Bryce Janey began his career in his hometown of Marion, IA at the age of 13 in a blues-rock trio called The Janey’s. With his mother on drums and his father BillyLee on guitar, The Janey’s played regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles. They shared the stage with over 50 national acts, including Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Johnny Winter and Koko Taylor.

While still in The Janey’s, Bryce began a solo career and released his first CD, Practice What You Preach, in 1996 on an Indi label in Iowa called Hot Fudge Music. This release was later picked up by an independent label Cold Wind Records in Minneapolis, MN where Bryce began to showcase in local clubs like Whiskey Junction and BrewBakers in St. Paul.

Two more CDs were released, Live at Checker’s Tavern and Sweet Baby Jane. These early CDs have gained national attention and five stars from Blues Access magazine (1998) and great reviews from Blues Revue and Living Blues, among others.

In 1999, Bryce signed with San Diego music attorney, Rod Underhill and became the number one artist on mp3.com later that year.

In 2001, Bryce released his next CD, Bare Wire, and began touring again with his own band and with Iowa’s own The Blue Band. Bryce played festivals and successful venues like B.B. King’s in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. The Blue Band also played venues in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville, Denver and Keystone.

In early 2003, Bryce released Live At JM O’Malley’s. That same year, he also released The Janey’s with his father, Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, BillyLee Janey. He performed with The Janey’s father/son team-up, as well as with his own band.

Bryce’s influences include many artists ranging from Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Band, in addition to many blues artists—Chicago style to Old Delta Robert Johnson. He also has a great love for country and folk music and tries to combine these into a melting pot genre of his own version of rock ‘n’ roll, county, and blues with a touch of acoustic ballads and R&B. His voice likens Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and his guitar playing has been compared with Robert Cray and Buddy Guy.

The last two years Bryce has been living, writing and performing in eastern Iowa. His new songs were recorded at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa with gold record producer of Stone Sour, Tom Tatman. Heal the Night is quite simply his best work. All the years of performing, traveling and hard times come out at you! With a soulful voice and passionate lyrics, this reveals the truth of Bryce Janey as a singer, songwriter and musician—An Artist! As they said in Blues Revue, “all the elements that could make Bryce Janey a major blues star are in place!”

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