Bryce Janey | Live at J.M. O'Malleys

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Live at J.M. O'Malleys

by Bryce Janey

Bryce’s 5th Cd release at Iowa's biggest little Blues Bar, JM O' Malley's. Featuring ex Lonnie Brooks B-3 man Tommy "T-Bone" Giblin. Relive this magical performance night after night.Up tempo and Rockin' Blues all night long.
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1. Hold On
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2. Long Time Runnin'
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3. Strat Blues
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4. Practice What You Preach
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5. Workin' Fool
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6. Sweet Baby Jane
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Bryce Janey began his career in his hometown of Marion, IA at the age of 13 in a blues-rock trio called The Janey’s. With his mother on drums and his father BillyLee on guitar, The Janey’s played regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles. They shared the stage with over 50 national acts, including Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Johnny Winter and Koko Taylor.

While still in The Janey’s, Bryce began a solo career and released his first CD, Practice What You Preach, in 1996 on an Indi label in Iowa called Hot Fudge Music. This release was later picked up by an independent label Cold Wind Records in Minneapolis, MN where Bryce began to showcase in local clubs like Whiskey Junction and BrewBakers in St. Paul.

Two more CDs were released, Live at Checker’s Tavern and Sweet Baby Jane. These early CDs have gained national attention and five stars from Blues Access magazine (1998) and great reviews from Blues Revue and Living Blues, among others.

In 1999, Bryce signed with San Diego music attorney, Rod Underhill and became the number one artist on mp3.com later that year.

In 2001, Bryce released his next CD, Bare Wire, and began touring again with his own band and with Iowa’s own The Blue Band. Bryce played festivals and successful venues like B.B. King’s in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. The Blue Band also played venues in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville, Denver and Keystone.

In early 2003, Bryce released Live At JM O’Malley’s. That same year, he also released The Janey’s with his father, Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, BillyLee Janey. He performed with The Janey’s father/son team-up, as well as with his own band.

Bryce’s influences include many artists ranging from Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Band, in addition to many blues artists—Chicago style to Old Delta Robert Johnson. He also has a great love for country and folk music and tries to combine these into a melting pot genre of his own version of rock ‘n’ roll, county, and blues with a touch of acoustic ballads and R&B. His voice likens Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and his guitar playing has been compared with Robert Cray and Buddy Guy.

The last two years Bryce has been living, writing and performing in eastern Iowa. His new songs were recorded at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa with gold record producer of Stone Sour, Tom Tatman. Heal the Night is quite simply his best work. All the years of performing, traveling and hard times come out at you! With a soulful voice and passionate lyrics, this reveals the truth of Bryce Janey as a singer, songwriter and musician—An Artist! As they said in Blues Revue, “all the elements that could make Bryce Janey a major blues star are in place!”

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Blues Revue Magazine

Live at J.M. O'malley's
On Live at J.M. O'Malley's, aspiring through slow blues, funk tunes, and rockers. Janey's no nonsense vocal style is effective, beating fake attitude and strings: his playing has a lot of personality to go along with Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan building blocks. Top track: the shuffle "Workin' Fool," which balances B.B. King-esque fretwork with a super organ solo from T-Bone Giblin. "Live" should make new fans.
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Tom Tourville

Review from Twin Cities Blues News - November 2001 Bryce Janey "Live at J.M. O'M
Anytime you hear a hot new artist's studio release, you have to always pose the question, "Are they really that good live or is this thing going to be studio enhanced"?

With the release of Bryce Janey's new "Live" CD, he answers the question after the successful release of his "Barewire" CD, also on Iowa's Hot Fudge label, he's for real.

One can quickly tell, that the "Barewire" CD was not a studio enhanced effort, but rather the "tip of the iceberg" in what is yet to come from this talented new performer.

"Live at J.M. O'Malley's" caught Janey and his talented band at one of Cedar Rapids, Iowa's premier live clubs for one night of no holds barred blues.Backed by Steve Hayes on drums, Dan "DJ" Johnson on bass, and back for an encore performance from the "Barewire" CD, Hammond B-3 master, Tom T-Bone Giblin (ex Lonnie Brooks Band).

The CD features eight tight cuts with a running time of 43 minutes and 36 seconds. It covers some of Janey's best self penned tunes from his "Barewire" CD including "Hold On", "Workin' Fool", and his revved up take on Earl King's "Trick Bag". Also included is a live version of his "Sweet Baby Jane" from his first Hot Fudge CD release of the same name.

The best way to describe his vocals is "powerful", especially in alive setting. Janey distinguished himself as a top-notch vocalist.


While the band is tight, one doesn't get the high level of interaction on this live effort between Janey and Giblin as you got on "Barewire". Giblin still shines, but appears to be "mixed down" somewhat in the final mastering. One can only imagine what these two are like live on stage.
This new release by Janey appears to be his "next step", but it makes one anxious for whatever new additional releases are on the horizon.

If you want to see Janey live, make sure to catch him with Iowa's Blue Band when they appear in your market. His guitar work is second to none, the vocals dominating, and the live element exciting. It's a CD worth picking up to experience a hot new comer on the rise. - Tom Tourville
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