January In Memphis 2018


Some think that it is better to show that tell; for this story we will do a little of both!  The current line-up of The Bush League (JohnJay, Royce, Wynton & Shane with manager extraordinaire Kenya riding shotgun) jumps in a van and drives 14 hours to a hotel in Mississippi during The Blues Foundation‘s 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  We were coming down to support our musical family and friends that made it into the competition this year; most of whom made it to the semi-final round this year (there’s Brett Benton and Gordon Townsend representing the Washington Blues Society, there was In Laymen Terms representing Natchel’ Blues Network, there was Parker and Gray representing River City Blues Society (VA), there was Tom Euler Band representing River City Blues Society (VA), there was Jamiah Rogers Band representing River City Blues Society (IL), there was King Bee & The Stingers featuring Sarah Menefee representing South Central Indiana Blues Society, there was Root 2 Music representing Charlotte Blues Society,there was T.A. James representing the Cape Fear Blues Society, and there was Suffering Moses representing Low Country Blues Club),


 …Betsie Brown of Blind Raccoon was hosting her showcase in conjunction with Nola Blue Records at Purple Haze Night Club, we found a gracious blues society (Washington Blues Society at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk) and host band (CD Woodbury Trio) that let us jump onstage and jam with some amazing musicians from all over the world,


Vince Johnson and The Plantation Allstars had gigs on Beale Street during that weekend and we got to play the song that we recorded together with Vince across town at Ardent Studios almost a year earlier for ‘James RiVAh’,


…and many other awesome, memorable events happened during that trip!  Whether competing or not that was what our time down in Memphis during the IBC’s was all about, making lasting memories; and good times were had by all!!!