Richmond, Virginia based The Bush League began in March 2007 as a sonic stew one part cigarette smoke, one part cheap beer and a healthy dollop of laughter through the tears. The soul filled voice of co-founder JohnJason “Sleepy Eyed Jay” Cecil is both sin and salvation while the guitar licks of Shane “Chicago Slim” Parch paint a picture of Mississippi shotgun houses against a backdrop of the Windy City skyline. The Bush League’s rhythm section is anchored by co-founder Royce Folks on bass and Debbie Flood on drums.
Sleepy Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim represented the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society from Greensboro, NC as a Solo/Duo act in the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. As a duo they have opened for Duke Robillard as well as Debbie Davies and the late Robin Rogers at the 24th Annual Carolina Blues Festival. The full band won the 2010 Sedalia (VA) Blues Talent Competition and competed in the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Representing Natchel’ Blues Network in 2012, The Bush League were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge.
While paying homage to those who have inspired them such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and “Hound Dog “Taylor, The Bush League imbues traditional blues with a modern flair.
Rock tinged, raucous, and at times raunchy, The Bush League always puts on a show that is, in a word, FUN. The interaction between the band mates is infectious. You will like what you hear, and love what you’ve never heard before.
THE BUSH LEAGUE