2014 International Blues Challenge Representatives!!!

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The DC Blues Society chose our album, ‘Can Of Gas & A Match’ to represent them in the Best Self-Produced Album category at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN!!!
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There is still more rounds of judging before we know if we (and by ‘we’ I don’t mean just the band and the blues society, ‘we’ includes; manager extraordinaire Kenya Watkins; recording engineer Ari Morris and his assistant Ryan Proctor from Young Avenue Sound; Gebre Wadell from Stonebridge Mastering; Keith Ramsey of Metro R Media for the entire visual presentation of this CD; Photographer Chandler Moulton for the pictures used in the CD; Smokey B for the liner notes; Zack Lowe and Revolve for our CD production here in RVA; Memphis musician Jeremy Powell for playing keys on 3 tracks on the album [Don't Touch My Liquor, '59 Chevy and .38 Special]; and songwriters Chioke Murray, John Dinsmore and Gwen Frederick, thank You ALL!!!) make the finals in that category but our name is in the hat! We will let you know as soon as we know if we make that final cut and if ‘Can Of Gas & A Match’ makes it back home to Memphis!
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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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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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