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Sleepy Eyed Jay / Bio

JohnJason "Sleepy Eyed Jay" Cecil and Shane "Chicago Slim" Parch are known most of the time as half of the "baddest bad-assed Blues band in the land" Richmond, Virginia based THE BUSH LEAGUE. As a side project, they formed this duo to further explore Slim's love of traditional Blues and Sleepy's desire to breathe new life and passion to long forgotten tunes. Inspirations include Robert Johnson, "Hound Dog" Taylor, R.L. Burnside, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, the bawdiness of Gaye Adegbalola of Saffire the Uppity Blues Women and front pew shouting on Sunday morning. Sleepy & Slim entertain the crowd with strummin' and pluckin' and sangin' and hollerin'. In 2010 Sleepy & Slim represented the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society in the solo/duo category of the 24th International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN. Sleepy and Slim opened the 2010 Carolina Blues Festival, opened for Duke Robillard at The Garage in Winston Salem, NC, and played the legendary "Listening Room" at Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland, VA. They have been known to show up at THE BUSH LEAGUE shows, taking over set breaks and demanding money owed to them from the band. Sleepy & Slim are the apotheosis of the Blues: the purest essence of a music where all you need is a feeling, a sound, and place to put those two things together. No stage, no lights, no smoke machines,no fans, just a square big enough to sit in and a glass big enough to hold your liquor. Just like the early recordings of Robert Johnson, Sleepy & Slim are just a guitar and a voice painting a picture of a hardscrabble life of unrequited love, enduring bad luck, and a staid hope that even though times are tough, joy cometh in the mo'nin'! The innate talent of both Sleepy & Slim turns any place where they sit into the front porch of a shotgun shack on Saturday evening. Come on and have a sit down, they're pleased to meet you. get some...

General Info

Band Members
JohnJason "Sleepy Eyed Jay" Cecil- vocals, Shane "Chicago Slim" Parch- guitar
Artist Name
Sleepy Eyed Jay
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Contact Info

Chesterfield, VA
Kenya Watkins

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