The Bush League
The Bush League’s sound is infused with the music cultivated in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta that raced like kudzu through eventual blues strongholds such as Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. One listen will take you to juke joints where mason jars are full of white lightnin’ and a pocket might hold a favor—or a razor....
Based in Richmond, VA, The Bush League began in March 2007 as a sonic stew one part cigarette smoke, one part cheap beer and a healthy dollop of laughter through the tears. The soul filled voice of co-founder JohnJason Sleepy Eyed Jay Cecil is both sin and salvation while the guitar licks of Shane Chicago Slim Parch paint a picture of Mississippi shotgun houses against the backdrop of the Windy City skyline. Brought together by the bass lines of co-founder Royce Folks, the cornerstone of The Bush League's rhythm section accompanied by a storied list of drummers!
Since its inception, The Bush League has been rockin the Blues from Maryland to Mississippi! Memphis in particular is familiar with the sound of The Bush League as the band has been a presence at the International Blues Challenge in every category of competition. Jay and Slim competed in the solo/duo category in 2010, the band competed in 2011, made the semifinals in 2012 and its first studio CD Can of Gas & a Match was selected for consideration in the Best Self Produced CD category for the 2014 competition.
Can of Gas & a Match was recorded at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis in one 14 hour session. Released in December 2012, this gutsy and ballsy CD has been played and downloaded worldwide with positive reviews from such storied Blues publications as Blues Blast Magazine, "Living Blues" and highly regarded Blues blogs like Bmans Blues Report. The Bush League has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such luminaries as Michael Burks, Big Bill Moganfield, Jimmy Duck Holmes, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean and bands such as JJ Grey & Mofro, Galactic and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
While paying homage to those who have inspired them such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Theodore Hound Dog Taylor, The Bush League imbues traditional blues with a modern flair.
Rock tinged, raucous, and at times raunchy, The Bush League always puts on a show that is in a word, FUN. The interaction between the band mates is infectious, and the audience cant help but to enjoy themselves! The Bush League; you will like what you hear and love what youve never heardget some
"The Bush League Live" - Released December 2010
"The Bush League Rocks" - Released December 20111
"Can Of Gas & A Match" - Release date December 2012
We typically run three sets, mixed originals and covers, averaging 60 - 70 mins each. Here is a list of covers that we do:
- See That My Grave is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
- Who Is He, And What Is He To You (Bill Withers)
- Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
- Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
- Mojo Workin' (Muddy Waters)
- Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters)
- Gimme Back My Wig (Hound Dog Taylor)
- Goin' Down Slow (Howlin' Wolf)
- Mannish Boy (Muddy Waters)
- Catfish Blues (Jimi Hendrix)
- The Prodigal Son (Rev. Robert Wilkins)
- Sweet Home Chicago (Robert Johnson)
- Every Time it Rains (Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
- Born Under A Bad Sign (Albert Collins)