Showing posts with label Bryce Janey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bryce Janey. Show all posts

Saturday, October 5, 2019

#411 : BillyLee Janey - Blues Power



2019 – Billy Rock Music / Stray Dog Records

By Phillip Smith; Oct. 5, 2019

Since moving up here to Iowa in 1992, I’ve been listening to BillyLee Janey.  Inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 for Truth & Janey and inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2012, he is surely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to musicianship and playing the blues.  Blues Power, his latest release is a sheer delight.  Featuring eleven originals and two cover songs, this album is filled to the brim with hard-driving electric blues that cuts deep to the core.  BillyLee leads this trio on guitar and vocals.  His son Bryce Janey who also recorded, mastered and mixed the album, appears on bass guitar, with Eric Douglas is on drums.

From the first song, “Who Let the Dog Out”, Janey is already in top-gear, delivering hot-as-hell licks and playing the blues like I love to hear it.  He continues to amaze me in “Blues Alright”.  “Gimme Some Blues Power” is a monster of a song too.  Douglas lays down a stellar beat while Janey carpet bombs the listener with a tantalizing guitar performance.  His cover of Buddy Guy’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb” puts a big smile on my face too.  Janey makes this one his own.

While revisiting “Mean Ol’ Twister”, a track released on his album Got Them Iowa Blues, Janey adds an additional minute, forty-five seconds to the furious whirlwind simulation he creates with sound.  It was a spectacular song to begin with, but this new mix gives it the tornado-infused ending the song deserves.  Hearing Janey cut loose the way he does here, is an experience in and of itself.    

An absolute must-hear for blues fans, and guitar aficionados, Blues Power delivers high-voltage blues at its best.     

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For more information about the artist, visit this website.. www.billyleejaney.com  

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Czech Village Blues Festival - Aug 12, 2017


Czech Village
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
All photos by Phillip Smith; Aug 13, 2017


I am more than thrilled to see the return of an annual blues festival here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  It has been a long journey to get one going again since the final Bluesmore in 2013.  This year the Linn County Blues Society joined forces with the Friends of the Czech Village to bring the blues back to our city.  The result was a phenomenal evening of music performed by The LCBS Allstars featuring eight Iowa Blues Hall of Fame inductees, along with headlining act, Joanna Connor.



The LCBS Allstars   



Dennis McMurrin

Bryce Janey

Dennis McMurrin

Dan Johnson

Bob Dorr and Tony Brown

Eric Douglas

Dennis McMurrin and Bryce Janey

Bob Dorr

Bryce Janey, Eric Douglas and Bob Dorr


Bob Dorr, Craig Erickson

Bob Dorr

Dennis McMurrin and Bob Dorr

Bob Dorr and Ron DeWitte

Ron DeWitte

Dennis McMurrin

Ron DeWitte

Dennis McMurrin

Dennis McMurrin and Ron DeWitte

Dennis McMurrin and Ron Dewitte

Bob Dorr, Ron DeWitte, and Dan Johnson

Festival Attendees


Bryce Janey and Bob Dorr

Tony Brown and Dennis McMurrin

Tony Brown, Dennis McMurrin, and Bryce Janey

Ron DeWitte

Craig Erickson

Tony Brown

Craig Erickson and Ron DeWitte

Dennis McMurrin, Bryce Janey, Bob Dorr,
and Craig Erickson

Tony Brown, Dennis McMurrin, Bryce Janey,
and Bob Dorr

Dennis McMurrin, Bryce Janey, Bob Dorr,
Craig Erickson, and Ron Dewitte



The Joanna Connor Band   


Joanna Connor

Lance Lewis

Tony Palmer

James Carter

Joanna Connor

Joanna Connor

James Carter

Joanna Connor

Lance Lewis
 
Joanna Connor

James Carter and Joanna Connor

Lance Lewis

Tony Brown

Joanna Connor and Craig Erickson


Tony Brown, Joanna Connor, and Craig Erickson

Joanna Connor and Craig Erickson

Joanna Connor and Craig Erickson

Bryce Janey and Tony Brown

Tony Brown, Joanna Connor, and Craig Erickson

Tony Brown, Joanna Connor and Craig Erickson

Joanna Connor, Craig Erickson, and Lance Lewis

Bryce Janey

Bryce Janey

Tony Brown, Joanna Connor, Craig Erickson
and Lance Lewis

Tony Brown and Joanna Connor

Bryce Janey, Tony Palmer, Tony Brown,
Joanna Connor, Craig Erickson and Lance Lewis