THE BUSH LEAGUE
THE BUSH LEAGUE was founded on a front porch in 2007 not too far outside Richmond, Virginia by dynamic vocalist JohnJason “JohnJay” Cecil and the heartbeat of the band, self-taught bassist Royce Folks. They are joined by Brad Moss on guitar with Wynton Davis on drums. THE BUSH LEAGUE has sported many faces and played many different styles of music but the unifying force is the collective love of the Blues, particularly the soulful groovin’ Hill Country Blues of North Mississippi. Taking that Hill Country base and drawing upon individual influences of rock, soul, funk, and gospel THE BUSH LEAGUE meshes those genres to create a sound that pays homage to traditional blues with a modern feel, aptly named “RVA Blues” to also represent the city in which they live.
Over the years, THE BUSH LEAGUE has been playing the Blues and paying its dues on the 21st century version of the “Chitlin’ Circuit”, playing bars, restaurants, private parties, wineries, weddings, in front of the bathroom at the VA State Fair, and various festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic. You name it THE BUSH LEAGUE has probably played it. The band’s willingness to turn down nothing but their collar has allowed them to hone their craft to razor sharpness and also prepared them for any musical contingency. Mic goes out? Not a problem. Pedal starts sparking? Consider it a light show. So hot that Satan is sitting in the shade? THE BUSH LEAGUE puts on a coat.
All that honing and evolving has begun to pay off as THE BUSH LEAGUE has become a familiar face in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge since
2010 with a semi-final appearance in 2012. THE BUSH LEAGUE has gone from playing in front of a bathroom to being one of the first bands ever based outside of Mississippi to play the 9th Annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic with Cedric Burnside on drums! The band has gone from playing in the middle of a field on flattened cardboard boxes to the Bentonia Blues Festival, the Carolina Blues Festival and opening for some of the biggest names in the Blues today like Jarekus Singleton, Selwyn Birchwood, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, Samantha Fish and Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials.
THE BUSH LEAGUE’s latest CD “Didn’t See This Coming”, was recorded live at Sound of Music Recording Studios in Richmond, VA and released on May 5, 2015 to very positive reviews from Blues-centric publications such as Blues Blast Magazine. The album was placed into consideration with the Recording Academy (Grammys) for the Best Blues Album category.
Known for energetic live shows, THE BUSH LEAGUE aims to keep the Blues alive by continuing to push the boundaries of what the blues can be. The lyrics can stand on their own as well as the music, but when you put them together you have a visual soundscape that evokes images of times gone by but still relatable to today’s audience. Think aged wine in new stems, bleu cheese on fresh Ritz crackers, or a juke joint with new lights. “Rough”, “aggressive”, “Workingman’s Blues” are descriptions by others of The Bush League’s music, but the band prefers to call it simply “shiny new dirty ol’ blues”