Have Fun & Good Luck To ALL of the 29th International Blues Challenge Participants!

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… for us it started in 2010 with Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim representing the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society:

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… in 2011 THE BUSH LEAGUE made their first appearance representing the Sedalia Blues Society and were semi-finalists in 2012 representing Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society!

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… and in 2013 we are at  home cheering for great experiences for many that we know on their first trip and missing some great friends that we’ve made down there that are participating again!  The UnXpected representing DC Blues Society is participating in the Youth Category; in the band category there is Andrew Alli & Last Night’s Blues Band representing River City Blues Society, The Mike Lucci Band representing the Blue Ridge Blues Society, The Ghost Town Blues Band representing the Crossroads Blues Society, Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos representing the Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society, Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders representing the Minnesota Blues Society, RJ Harman & Company representing the Orange Blossom Blues Society, The Sugar Thieves representing the Phoenix Blues Society, The Selwyn Birchwood Band representing the Suncoast Blues Society and the Josh Vowell Band representing the Topeka Blues Society; then there is Erin Harpe & Richard Rosenblatt representing the Boston Blues Society in the Solo/ Duo Category!  These are just the people that we know that are going and/ or have met at previous IBC’s, the full list of this year’s talent can be found RIGHT HERE and all of the performers are something to check out!

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We’ve let our hometown people know to go up to the top floor of the Rum Boogie Cafe to the banquet room to meet up with Vinny ‘Bond’ Marini for his Music On the Couch internet radio show where he will have 5 minute participant interviews and live updates set up twice a day for 3 hours during the entire Challenge!

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To SEE some of the action LIVE you can go to DittyTV; a live, internet-based broadcast site that’s showcasing IBC bands all this week!

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This year you can follow along with what’s going on with The Official International Blues Challenge Mobile App for Android mobile devices!

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Check out the links above if you want to cheer on your hometown favorites or to just see and hear some great music and learn about some great musicians representing almost every corner of the earth that you might not have heard about otherwise!

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We Are Now Card Carrying Members!

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That’s right, The Bush League is now a Corporate Member of The Blues Foundation!  We did this to show our support for the organization that has been dedicated to preserving blues music history (The Blues Hall of Fame, The HART Fund), celebrating recording and performance excellence (The Blues Music AwardsThe International Blues Challenge), supporting blues education (Website, Worldwide Blues Society Affiliates, Blues in the Schools) and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form for 32 years now!  As corporate members, we get to vote on this years nominees for the Blues Music Awards, a link to our website located on the The Blues Foundations website, and we get membership cards, decals and a lapel pin!

 

The Bush League Membership Cards for River City Blues Society (RVA) and The Blues Foundation.

 

Through our participation in our local and many close by blues societies’ blues challenges for participation in the  International Blues Challenge (2010 Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim - Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, 2011 The Bush League - Sedalia Blues Society, 2012 The Bush League - Natchel’ Blues Network) we’ve had many opportunities to share our music and our love for blues music that we would not have had otherwise.  We’ve also made some great friends, had many unique experiences and grown a greater  appreciation for live music in general, blues music and its far reaching influence specifically!

Currently, The Bush League is also a member in good standing with the Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society, the DC Blues Society and Richmond, VA’s River City Blues Society (card shown above), of which our bassist, Royce Folks was voted onto the Board of Directors in December 2011.  All of the blues societies mentioned in this post are just a few of the 180+ affiliate organizations of The Blues Foundation from around the world!  If this sounds like something that YOU would like to support also contact your local blues society or join the The Blues Foundation directly to help Keep Blues Alive!

 

Click Picture To JOIN!

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We make another run for the 2012 IBC’s this Sunday in Virginia Beach!!!

 

That’s right!!!  The Bush League will be putting it down this Sunday July 31st at The Jewish Mother Hilltop in Virginia Beach, VA!  We will be competing in the Natchel’ Blues Network‘s Blues Challenge along with many of the regions best groups and musicians in the blues field!  CHECK THEM OUT: Darryl Ellyson, The Jukes, Rooster Foot, Tim Morgan, Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner Band, Justin Pietrowski Trio and Pig Foot Riot!

The doors open at 2pm and the competition starts at 3pm, tickets are available at the door and are $8 a person or $15 a couple!  We will draw for the order right before the competition starts so get there early!  Click the link below for more information:  http://natchelblues.org/events/InternationalBluesChallengeNBN.html

 At the end of the evening one of the bands mentioned above will be the Natchel’ Blues Network‘s representative at The Blues Foundation‘s 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN on January 31 – February 4, 2012!  We went as a band last year representing the Sedalia Blues Society and Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim went the year before representing the Piedmont Blues Presevation Society!  Third time’s the charm and to possibly represent Royce‘s hometown would be just plain ‘ol awesome!  So come on out and help support The Bush League and enjoy an amazing evening of blues music at its finest at the Natchel Blues Network’s Blues Challenge at The Jewish Mother Hilltop located at 600 Nevan Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451 this Sunday July 31st at 2pm!

 

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Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim video LIVE at The Pig on Beale Street 01.22.10!!!

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That’s right!!!  If you didn’t make it down to our second jaunt to Memphis in January of 2010 to see Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim represent the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, below is video of their full set from their second night of competition in the solo/duo portion of the 26th Annual International Blues Challenge at The Pig on Beale Street!

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Thank you again to EVERYONE that made that trip possible!  We keep striving becasue of your belief in us!

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Article on Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim at the 2010 Carolina Blues Festival!

05.12.10 YES WEEKLY – ‘Blues On A Saturday: Carolina Blues Festival Shines On’ by Ryan Snyder

 

http://www.yesweekly.com/article-9410-blues-on-a-saturday-carolina-blues-festival-shines-on.html

 

 

Wednesday May 12, 2010

Blues on a Saturday: Carolina Blues Festival shines on

By Ryan Snyder

For the past two years, torrential rains have cast a rather ironic damper onto the Carolina Blues Festival. Ultimately, what’s more conducive to a chronic case of the blues than an ugly, weatherwrecked day? There were no weather-related worries for the 24 th installment of the Carolina Blues Festival, hosted by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society in downtown Greensboro on Saturday, as hundreds came out for the near-perfect weekend weather and a full day of blues.

The music kicked off at 1 p.m. with the placid acoustic duo of Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim to an even slimmer crowd, as too many missed out on the PBPS Solo/Duo Challenge winners’ from Richmond plaintive ode to the early Delta sound on songs like their original “Gotta Woman.” Numbers started to roll through the gate for Full Band Challenge winner, Greensboro’s own Charlley Ward Band. The performance itinerary moved forward through the history of blues itself, with Ward’s band representing the genre’s early popularization through the same shimmering vibrato that would usurp the lonely Delta tone.

The mid-afternoon draw of the Matt Walsh Blues Band seemed to confirm it, as his snarling, 1950s Chicago style was almost a little too abrasive for the gray-haired sea of onlookers to fully appreciate. Walsh is quite a blues anomaly in that, he’s almost a little too hip for this crowd. His tall throwback coiffeur, near-perfect Howlin’ Wolf imitation and all-around dirty sound are far from the middling, unobjectionable and gentrified brand of blues that this crowd typically gulps down. That said, he’s really good.

As was mentioned in last week’s preview of the blues festival, the headliner designation for Debbie Davies and Robin Rogers appeared to be completely arbitrary, since a) Davies is a little too obscure for practical marketing purposes, Rogers even more so; and b) the more widely recognized Tinsley Ellis was scheduled to perform immediately after. Even the “ladies’ turn” angle that the festival adopted to promote them came off as passively sexist, as if last year’s 6 p.m. performer Diunna Greenleaf was somehow irrelevant because she didn’t play guitar.
Ellis took the lower billing in stride, however, and praised his friend Davies as the right choice for this particular festival.

“The next-to-last slot at a blues festival is a very sought-after slot and always has the biggest attendance due to the fact that blues fans are much older now and want to get home early,” Ellis said via e-mail. “I love and really respect Debbie. Known her since the ’80’s and really enjoyed jamming with her again that night.”

Ellis’ words also provided a tacit explanation as to why it gets easier every year to navigate the 30 feet immediately in front of the stage.

More of the nearly comatose, second-wave baby boomers that compose the festival’s primary audience resign themselves to the comfort afforded by the sea of foldout lawn chairs under the stage’s canopy. It gives the appearance that there’s a full crowd witnessing the shows, when in actuality three or four standing listeners could occupy the space of one languorous age casualty.

It’s not a very enthusiastic or energetic crowd by any standards, as Ellis’ comments suggested, and the headliner booking this year reflected that. Davies is an extremely talented guitarist with little to no appeal to an audience below 40. She’s certainly technically gifted, but her style is almost too clean to be truly compelling and interesting to a discerning listener.

Ellis, on the other hand, was fiercely aggressive, almost dangerous as the closing act. It’s only too bad that over half of the audience had dispersed by the time he took the stage, because his gut-wrenching axe wielding defined the evening and left promise for the festival’s 25th installment. His rhythm section of the masterful drummer Jeff Burch and the intimidating bassist known as the Evil One sent his show precariously into metal territory, which may also serve to explain why many in the crowd were long gone by the time Davies reemerged to help Tinsley on “Key to the Highway” and “Shake It for Me.” The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society does a commendable job of keeping the blues alive in a region with one of the richest relevant musical traditions in the country, but without a little bit of imaginative and adventurous thinking, nothing will preserve its audience the long run.

 

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Article on Sleepy- Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim winning their way to Memphis for the 2010 IBC!

 

09.23.09 YES WEEKLY – ‘The 24th Annual PBPS Blues Challenge – Solo/Duo Competition’

 

http://www.yesweekly.com/article-7522-the-24th-annual-pbps-blues-challenge–solo_duo-competition.html

 

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The 24th Annual PBPS Blues Challenge – Solo/Duo Competition

The 24th Annual PBPS Blues Challenge – Solo/Duo Competition at Zion Bar & Grille Sunday was another success.

Twelve acts competed in the Solo/Duo Competition portion of the 24th Annual PBPS Blues Challenge.

Congratulations to our Winners – Richmond VA´s Sleepy- Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim. They will represent the PBPS in the Solo/Duo competion of the International Blues Challenge to be held January 20-23, 2010 in Memphis.

Rick Tobey´s Chickenhead Blues from Wilmington, NC came in Second Place and Danny Wicker of Stony Point, NC took Third.

Thanks to: all at Zion for being wonderful hosts, Shiela and her crew for sacrificing a Jam, our Judges for their taking the job so seriously, Trustees and volunteers for all the help, and of course the Competitors for putting on a great show and the fans for supporting it.

Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim also receive bookings at the Carolina Blues Festival presented by YES! Weekly to be held May 8, 2010 In Greensboro´s Festival Park, The Asheboro Fall Festival, October 3-4, 2009 and will open for Blues Legend Duke Robillard at the Garage in Winston-Salem on October 21. Also a special Shout out to our dedicated timekeeper JoAnn and the Lady in charge of this shootin’ match Chris Roulhac.

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