Updates!!!

In addition to performing throughout Virginia lately, (Capital Ale House again for RCBS’s Brews & Blues, our first Southbound Jamboree in Rustburg, On The Rox in Shockoe Bottom, Babe’s in Carytown, The Canal Club, The Comfort Zone Sports Bar & Grill in South Hill and last, but certainly not least, a private Horseshoe Tournament in Lunenburg!) we have been making moves with the studio album that we recorded in Memphis, TN at Young Avenue Sound back in June!  Ari Morris at Y.A.S. just finished mixing the album and we are moving with the mastering, registering, production, marketing and promotion to get this out by the end of this year!  With us helping Kenya (our manager extraordinaire!) get this done it will be just this short of a miracle to hit our deadlines, but we all like a challenge!  That’s right, it’s just us doing this and we are all getting a very good education in this business that they call show!  We will keep you informed as the ‘to do’ list gets checked off!

We are still playing as much as we can during this time to raise loot to get all of this done!  Check out the dates that we through the rest of 2012 in the SHOW DATES tab above, there are a few more that may be added to that list soon so check back often to see where you can catch us next!  And if you aren’t near any of our upcoming shows we do have two (2) upcoming radio appearances scheduled before the year is out!  This Saturday October 6th will be doing a live in-studio performance (and announcing the name of the new album!) on the River City Limits show on WRIR 97.3LP FM Richmond Independent Radio from 5pm – 7pm EST and on December 10th from 10pm – 12am EST we will be back on the Music On The Couch online radio show along with Terry Evans and John Lee Hooker, Jr. to promote the new album!

Many more surprises are in the works and we will let you know as soon we get it all finalized but know that moves are being made and we will be so very happy when this process is done and we have a finished product to make you so very happy also and then we can move on to the next project on the ‘how in the world are we going to get this done’ list!

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Our first two gigs in 2012 were AMAZING!!!!

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Thank you to everybody that came out to River City Blues Society‘s Friday After Work Brews & Blues concert series at Capital Ale House’s Downtown Music Hall on Friday the 13th!  What a way to start 2012; sharing the stage to a packed house with Andrew Alli, Pete ‘The Kidd’ Turpin, and Wes Hill on harmonicas, Geo Jacopec and Brian ‘Smokey B’ Benson on guitar and a special vocal appearance by Markiss ‘Blowfish’ Branch!  Photographer Chandler Moulton of wrote an awesome blog post in Area Code Greetings caught a few pictures:

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Andrew Alli Nr. 1Pete Turpin A.K.A. The Kid Nr. 1Shane Chicago Slim Parch Nr. 5Shane Parch (l) Geo Jacopec (r) Nr. 2Royce Folks Nr. 5

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…and our friends the Underhill’s also wrote a fantastic blog post about the night in their blog Blues, Food and Gardening!  I am so happy that we stayed after our set because the band after us was phenomenal!  The Michael Clark Band from the Tidewater area of Virginia stepped on that stage and threw down for 2+ hours for their first set!  Please check them out the next time they play near you!

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Saturday night at O’Bank’s Cafe & Grill was just as amazing!  Some old friends came out and we met some new ones and we definitely gave them all a show that they will remember for a while!  Our next show at O’Bank’s Cafe & Grill will be on Saturday March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day!  Hopefully it will be nice enough outside to use the deck again because I’m sure that that night will packed!

We have two full shows, two more Blues Mondays and a fundraiser appearance before we head to Memphis, TN!  : )

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HELLO 2012!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Everybody!  2012 is holding a lot of promise for some very fun and interesting times!  Our first gig of the year is on Friday the 13th at Capital Ale House’s Downtown Music Hall for River City Blues Society‘s FREE weekly after work Brews & Blues concert series from 5PM – 8PM!  There are 3 more gigs on the schedule now (O’Bank’s Cafe & Grill in Ashland, VA; The Stoney Badger Tavern in Lynchburg, VA; and the 7 Below Lounge @ Gibson’s Grillin Richmond, VA) before we head over to Memphis, TN for the 2012 International Blues Challenge (IBC) from January 31 – February 4, 2012!

Junior Kimbrough’s ‘All Night Long’ released 1992

The bands that will be in attendance are the best of the best in blues from all over the world!  You can check out the list of this years entrants **HERE**, we are especially excited by the first name on that list from the Arkansas River Blues Society, David Kimbrough, Jr.!  He is the son of one of The Bush League’s major influences Junior Kimbrough and we will have the chance to see, possibly meet and share he stage with him while we are in Memphis!  With this being our third year in a row attending the IBC in some incarnation, we know that those type of opportunities are the possibilities that this event brings about!  The experiences that we’ve taken away from Memphis thanks to this event sponsored by The Blues Foundation have been invaluable in helping us grow as a band!  30 Days til we jump in the van!!!!!

One of the benefits of our representing the Natchel’ Blues Network at this year’s IBC is that we will participate in this year’s Blues at the Beach Festival taking place September 7 – September 8, 2012 on the 17th Street Stage in Virginia Beach, VA!  This being the hometown of The Bush League’s bassist Royce Folks (who is also the newly elected Member-At-Large on the River City Blues Society‘s Board of Directors!) is going to make that day very special!  After Memphis we have a handful of gigs scheduled in the spring until the blues festival near the end of the summer.

burgers * bourbon * beer & the blues!

Keeping us going weekly right now though is The Bush League’s BLUES MONDAYS at Current Restaurant in RVA’s Shockoe Slip near the Canal Walk.  It is a blues and blues-influenced open mic/ jam session that gets started at 7Pm every Monday night!  We are so thankful for the management and staff for giving this a shot and we are even more thankful to all that come out and participate!  This has been a group effort to put on so I also have to thank Tabb Justis of the Metro Richmond Music Council and Shaun Peace for their behind the scene’s support, thank you so much guys!

Considering that we have all of that on our plate right now, with a few things still waiting for confirmation and it is literally Day 1 of 2012, we are very happy for the path that brought us here and thankful to EVERYBODY that’s supported us along the way!  We can’t wait to see what surprises are just around the corner and we are so happy that you are right here with us along for the ride!!!

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