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The Bush League / Press

“Yes, the band is able to follow the direct path to the nerve of the listener, no frills and carefree, with a good feeling, a modern form of the Blues is presented”

“On "Can of Gas & a Match" the listener gets the sense that this is a band whose reputation is bulit upon grease 'n' gristle stomp and irrepressible energy. Vocalist JohnJason Cecil has the smoothed-out funk flair of a Ronnie Baker Brooks, igniting each performance with a lowdown urgency. Like Brooks, Cecil and the band succeed in their quest to "bridge the gap between traditional blues and modern blues."”

Mark Uricheck - Living Blues Magazine

“They are able to build a bridge between traditional blues and more modern sound. You will definitely recognize the elements of Delta-, Chicago-, Piedmont- and especially Country Blues. There is enough variety to be found on this album: the catchy “Don’t Touch My Liquor” floats on a heavy riff and is in stark contrast with the fantastic, preceding, soft acoustic “Gotta Woman”.”

"It’s a fiery dose of modern blues with a no-excuses heavy dose of Hill Country with a taste Piedmont, Delta and Chicago stylings thrown in for good measure...Listen to this one loud, but put away your combustibles. It’s already on fire."

“This is a really solid release and one that should carry The Bush League to the big leagues!”

“Virginia Beach duo Rooster Foot and Richmond-based (The) Bush League... impressed judges and won the right to represent our region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in early 2012. The local round of blues battle of the bands took place Sunday, July 31, at the new Hilltop location of the Jewish Mother. It was sponsored and presented by the Natchel Blues Network. Judges were Paul Shugrue, host of "A Shot Of The Blues" and "Out Of The Box" on WHRV-FM (89.5), Jackie Scott, blues singer and leader of Jackie Scott and The Housewreckers, and Jerry Carter, host of the weekday "Blues Traffic Jam" that airs during afternoon drive time on WFOS-FM (88.7). Judges awarded a maximum of 140 points. Winners (The) Bush League received 129 points. Only 12 points separated the No. 1 band from the No. 4. The final rounds of the International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2012.”

“Though many of the songs Saturday were melancholy or downright mournful, with plenty of string-bending and wailing, Hunter, who sings and plays keyboard, said part of the draw of blues music is that there’s plenty of room for variation, lyrically and musically. “It’s really just expressive as heck. You can play happy, funny. It just doesn’t matter. The blues covers a lot of things,” he said. “It’s just a really broad umbrella.” Judges announced the competition’s winners after the last set, before Morganfield took the stage. First place among the full bands went to Richmond-based band “The Bush League.” Hunter and Gunvaldson won the duo artists competition. Hunter also won the Ree Breeden Outstanding Performer award, said organizer Harry Turner, who sits on the Sedalia Center’s board. Turner also noted that nearly 1,000 people showed up for Block and Morganfield’s performances. “Everybody’s very excited. We had another very successful event,” he said.”

“Fresh from playing the 27th Annual International Blues Festival in Memphis, the world’s largest gathering of blues bands, Richmond’s own “The Bush League” will appear April 9 at the National Theater”

“The Bush League perform an acoustic version of 'Mexico' on CBS!”

“The Sedalia Blues Festival returns July 10th with its sanctioned Blues Competition in the afternoon, followed by performances by headliners Big Bill Morganfield and Rory Block... The Sedalia Blues Society will sponsor the 13th Annual Blues Talent Competition as part of the Sedalia Blues Festival. Entries are no longer being accepted and the competing performers have been announced: Solo/Duo Category: TOM HUNTER & JON GUNVALDSON; JACK ROY & JASON WARD; and PROFFITT & SANDIDGE Bands Category: BIB OVERHAUL; BAD LUCK BLUES BAND; THE RAINSTEALERS; THE BUSH LEAGUE; and THE COYOTES... The 13th Annual Blues Talent Competition will kick off at 1pm. Winners will be named in both the Solo/Duo Category and the Bands Category, and both winners will receive cash prizes. Both winners will also go on to represent the Sedalia Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2011.”

“The music kicked off at 1 p.m. with the placid acoustic duo of Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim to an even slimmer crowd, as too many missed out on the PBPS Solo/Duo Challenge winners’ from Richmond plaintive ode to the early Delta sound on songs like their original “Gotta Woman.””

“Congratulations to our Winners - Richmond VA´s Sleepy- Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim. They will represent the PBPS in the Solo/Duo competion of the International Blues Challenge to be held January 20-23, 2010 in Memphis. Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim also receive bookings at the Carolina Blues Festival presented by YES! Weekly to be held May 8, 2010 In Greensboro´s Festival Park, The Asheboro Fall Festival, October 3-4, 2009 and will open for Blues Legend Duke Robillard at the Garage in Winston-Salem on October 21.”

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