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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POE’S PUB… Let’s All Go!!!

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THE BUSH LEAGUE HOMECOMING 2012!!!

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So you all have heard the story; JohnJay and Royce are sitting on JohnJay’s front porch, Royce with newly acquired Black Betty in hand plucking notes and JohnJay singing songs decide to see how this would do on a stage.  JohnJay finds out that there is an Open Mic happening at the top of Shockoe Bottom at Poe’s Pub, hosted by the one and only Jim Daab!  They eventually run into Shane there and the rest is history!

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It’s been three years since they’ve stepped on this stage, and with the group revving up for the release of their first studio album Can Of Gas & A Match in December, this night is sure to be one not to miss!!!  

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JohnJay @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

Royce @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

Shane @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

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Thought you all might get a chuckle out of those!  Thank you SV for the pictures from waaaaay back when!!!  If you are not, You should Support your Local Music scene; You never know what might happen!!!

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The Bush League on WRIR 97.3LP FM Richmond Independent Radio’s River City Limits: 1st Saturdays w/ Albert Green AGAIN!!!

 

This was our second (2nd) appearance on River City Limits: 1st Saturdays with Albert Green, our first time was on August 4, 2012!  We were so thankful for the chance to come back and perform tracks from our upcoming CD, Can Of Gas And A Match live on-air!  WRIR is a %100 completely volunteer run low power radio station operating in the city limits of Richmond, VA.  At a maximum broadcasting strength of 100 watts, this flagship station has a clear broadcast radius of about 5 miles and has online listeners around the world!  For those of you that caught us here locally in Richmond, VA on 97.3 FM or streaming live at wrir.org and called in for the CD and shotglass, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  For those of you that didn’t catch it, check this out!!!

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And here is a collage of pictures from that day with the full audio of the performance from that day; the battery died on the video during the fourth of the six songs that we did that day!  Thank you again to WRIR, to Albert Green for having us back on his show and to Jay Westermann, the sound engineer for the day!  Thank you for helping us spread the good word!

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THE BUSH LEAGUE’s Studio Album Name Is Announced On WRIR!

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If you checked in at wrir.org or listened locally to 97.3 on your FM dial to River City Limits on Saturday, October 6 you heard us announce the name of the studio album recorded at Young Avenue Sound by Ari Morris back in June!  Can Of Gas & A Match!!!  That’s right, and it will be available online on December 11, 2012!  Below is a video of us in the control room at the recording studio in Memphis, TN right after we recorded ‘Mexico’ listening to the playback!  Get ready cause it’s coming!!!

THE BUSH LEAGUE            Can Of Gas & A Match            December 11, 2012

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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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Has It Really Been That Long?

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AND guess what?

It’s a party and that means that there is NO COVER for the night!!!  And this party is being held where the then newly named The Bush League played their very first gig outside of Jim Daab’s Open Mic Night at Poes’ Pub; drumless, as entrants in River City Blues Society‘s 2007 Blues Challenge!

Then on July 21, 2007 they played a gig in Montpelier, VA with their first permanent drummer, and that’s when the mayhem really started!

Though there have been many, many, many incarnations of The Bush League presented on stage throughout the years, they’ve never failed to entertain and surprise not only their audiences but themselves as well.  Come share in this fortunate milestone along their journey of discovery, reverence and expression of Blues music!

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