Sleepy Eyed Jay, the “identical twin first cousin” of THE BUSH LEAGUE’s John Jay, is everything the boisterous and energetic front man of the self-described “Baddest Bad-Ass Blues Band this side of The Mississippi” is not. Suave, elegant, well dressed, nice smelling and equipped with pipes so golden they have been used as the standard of currency for Third World countries! Sleepy Eyed Jay is a classic so it’s no wonder that he leans toward the sound of traditional Blues, the sound of the long days in the fields and the long nights with the woman you love (or at least the woman you with).
In 2010, Sleepy Eyed Jay burst onto the scene representing the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society at the 24th Annual International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. He was accompanied by “Chicago Slim” at the time and they rocked the house in Memphis! They went on to play multiple places in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Chicago Slim” is long gone now but ol’ Sleepy Eye remains undaunted and has enlisted the aid of the nimble fingers of Brad Moss on guitar and the sturdy foundation of Royce Folks on bass to create the “Sleepy Eyed Jay Project” to take listeners back to the days of Robert Johnson, Junior Kimbrough, Skip James, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. The three of them together is Saturday sinnin’ and Sunday shoutin’ for sure! The Sleepy Eyed Jay Project brings the purest essence of the Blues to you, where all you need is a feeling, a sound, and a place to put them together; be it a stump, or a porch or a stage.
The Sleepy Eyed Jay Project paints a picture of a hardscrabble life of bad luck and unrequited love, but also the hope that even though times are tough, joy cometh in the morning! Come on and have a sit down; they’re pleased to meet you.
Bring your own glass though…