· BRYCE JANEY - Blues In My Soul (GYR064) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. COUNTRY FEVER
02. FUNKY GUITAR BLUES
03. MEAN OLD TOWN
04. RUNNIN' DOWN THE ROAD
05. WALKIN' ON A LIVE WIRE
06. MISSION FOR LOVE
07. ANOTHER FINE DAY
08. CITY UNDERWATER
09. HARD WORKIN' MAN
10. MEDICINE MAN
11. GET YOU OFF MY MIND
12. KILLING FLOOR
13. IN THIS PLACE


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR064 - $14.99

"Blues In My Soul", the superb sixth solo disc by this outstanding blues/rock axeslinger from Iowa, features 13 tracks (63 minutes) of phenomenal, top-shelf, world-class, soul-powered, retro-70s bluesy heavy guitar riffage that truly delivers on all levels of greatness. An amazing display of Classic blues-based "six string mojo" @ it's best. Bryce Janey in an amazing gifted and talented blues/rock guitarist who speaks the same language as the true "guitar greats" on the instrument. The strength of his first-rate excellent playing skills along with his strong, clean, soulful, whiskey-soaked vocal power complete with solid to the core, exceptional material all add up to one thing: Bryce Janey is the REAL deal. The man lays down the blues/rock guitar law with endless style, class and six string authority. Genuine, organic, authentic, "old-school", bluesy, groove-induced, retro-70s heavy guitar riffage rules in the world of Bryce Janey, a true legitimate Strat-master of world-class proportions who should get all the worldwide credit and recognition that he deserves.

"Blues In My Soul" digs in deep on the bad-ass, killer blues/rock guitar factor. Bryce Janey plays his guitar with untold passion and power as he bares his naked soul on this amazing disc. You can feel his blues deep in the groove. Also landing on this impressive disc are Dan Johnson who lays down the Bass and Eric Douglas who rocks the Drums, both excellent players who nail down a solid musical foundation for Janey to strut his six string stuff. Excellently recorded @ Catamount Studios by Tom Tatman and superbly mixed & mastered by our main-man Don Moore in Dallas for some seriously killer "sonic delivery" to bring this amazing disc home where it belongs. "Blues In My Soul" is Bryce Janey's finest hour and stands tall in the supreme blues/rock guitar world.

The Bryce Janey: "Blues In My Soul" disc is Highly recommended to fans of JIMI HENDRIX, ROBIN TROWER, BILLY GIBBONS & ZZ TOP, SRV, CLAPTON, JOHNNY WINTER, RORY GALLAGHER, GARY MOORE, WALTER TROUT, WARREN HAYNES, JOE BONAMASSA, DOYLE BRAMHALL II, CRAIG ERICKSON, TONY SPINNER, BUDDAHEADS and all other excellent, world-class, blues-based heavy guitar axeslingers who can jam all day long on the outstanding riffage that matters. If you love serious blues/rock guitar "mojo" and it is your religion, tune into the essential Grooveyard-approved Bryce Janey: "Blues In My Soul" disc.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. COUNTRY FEVER
02. FUNKY GUITAR BLUES
03. MEAN OLD TOWN
04. RUNNIN' DOWN THE ROAD
05. WALKIN' ON A LIVE WIRE
06. MISSION FOR LOVE
07. ANOTHER FINE DAY
08. CITY UNDERWATER
09. HARD WORKIN' MAN
10. MEDICINE MAN
11. GET YOU OFF MY MIND
12. KILLING FLOOR
13. IN THIS PLACE

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· reviews ·

Hard driving blues-rock in the mood of Johnny Winter, Mountain, Cream, and Hendrix, Bryce Janey's new power trio CD will stop guitar aficionados in their tracks. A mixture of original tunes and well-chosen covers, Janey shows taste and restraint -- as well as let-it-all-hang-out, over-the-top flair, ability, and expertise. For the most part, the CD is a high energy party, with Janey showing off what he's got: And what he's got is guitar chops that are not easily matched.

He is equally proficient in slide guitar and straight playing, showing influences that include the Allman Brothers and Derek Trucks, but also Joe Bonamassa and Gary Moore. His singing shows maturity and experience, often bringing to mind Howlin' Wolf. But his playing is anything but old time blues -- it is progressive blues for a new era. It is the direction that old school virtuosos would go in if they were around today. Thankfully, Janey is here to stay, and his playing just gets better and better.

Steve Rosen, author (February - 2010)
 


Anyone who's familiar with vintage tube amplifiers has heard of "NOS" (New Old Stock) parts - meaning either (1) old, but never used before, or (2) new, but manufactured using "vintage" specs.

This metaphor can be applied perfectly to the absolutely fabulous "old school" approach embodied in Bryce Janey's latest release, Blues In My Soul. With his road worn Strat, using only his fingers, he proceeds to lay his soul bare within the most expressive display of touch sensitivity, tone control, wicked chops and arc-welded grooves this side of the Mississippi delta. Even a cursory listen reveals how deep this cat digs.. every track drips with a smooth, well-worn rawness and authenticity, each delving deeper, like every song is a page from a living document.

Coaxing sweltering sounds through his fingers, Bryce slow cooks his mojo to strip off any unwanted impurity, leaving only the essential essence of his vintage vibe unfiltered - like a long, slow boil that makes the meat fall off the bone. I'm not kidding. To top off this complete package, layered over this intense riffage are "Gentleman Jack" smooth and strong vocals spinning tales of hard-won emotional battles fought; sometimes won, sometimes lost. Bryce truly carves a deep and wide heartland homestead in the electric blues guitar landscape with this powerful release.

Dan "DJ" Johnson (bass) and Eric Douglas (drums) lay the foundation of this blues groove temple.. in all its varied permutations.. but instead of building walls, Bryce proceeds to tear them down with an incendiary display of white hot riffage that is raw and anxious, yet smooth and calm. If that seems contradictory, just listen to the stories that Bryce tells, both with his words and his music - it will all become clear.

The blues ARE in his soul.. it's as if you can actually hear the spirits of those late, great souls of the electric blues speaking through Bryce, passing their spiritual torch to this young man for safekeeping. A vintage vibe is everywhere, with deep reverence, respect, belief and conviction, infused with an old soul purity.. yes.. you CAN hear them speak through Janey's unique voice. Whether it's his original tunes, or his inventive reinterpretation of others (just check out Trower's "In This Place"), everything fits like an old pair of boots. How refreshing.. no pretension, just pure, deep, soulfully smoking guitar awesomeness, delivered with passion and power.

Bryce Janey is the "New Old Stock" of today, a standard bearer with a direct spiritual connection to a musical place that's, for the most part, largely ignored or forgotten.. and if remembered, often marginalized by the forces of novelty.

I know that these are just words. Now you must listen to the sounds that inspired these words. Get this record, and let Bryce take you back to that "old school" place where you always feel welcome. Then you'll know - it will all become clear.

Jimmy Ryan (Truth Squad) (February 2010)
 


Blues In My Soul is the superb sixth record by Iowa native Bryce Janey, son of legendary Billy Lee Janey (of Truth and Janey). Bryce has a ballsy swagger to his music that puts it somewhere between ZZ Top, Canned Heat and Head East. Hard Rock Southern Country Blues may be the more lengthy description. A student of old school blues, SRV and his own father has fine-tuned the guitarist into an exceptional musician. The sting of his guitar can be felt in the autobiographical "Funky Guitar Blues" where he builds a hip-shaking groove while shooting electric solo spurts into the belly of the song. His vocal growl is reminiscent of Doyle Bramhall II with shades of Molly Hatchet's Danny Joe Brown and sells the lyrics with emotional impact whether he's singing the soulful "Mean Old Town", the rough and tough "Hard Workin' Man" or Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor". The real wake up call comes with opening track, "Country Fever" where the band, including bassist Dan DJ Johnson and drummer Eric Douglas, take a heavyweight '70s boogie and beef it up with razor sharp guitar.

For fans of sludge warriors, Truth and Janey, it's a thrill to have the strutting "Running Down The Road" and riff-heavy "Walking on a Live Wire" penned by father and son. Both are straight blues grinders but have that mid-western roll-licking backbeat. With thirteen tracks on the disc, it's hard to pick favorites. However, we'd suggest starting with a couple friendly rumblers like the swaying "Medicine Man" which could easily fit on an old Whitesnake record. There's also the brilliant "City Under Water" which has a laidback bass-driven groove that allows the guitar to carry it along with a thick pulsating riff. The chiseled solo runs etch into the song and polish it to a fine shine. Robin Trower's "In This Place" is not only a classic cover, but also a chance to hear Janey's voice paint a melodic canvas radiant with color. "Get You Off My Mind" and "Mission of Love" slow for impact with wickedly seductive playing and a midnight vocal that only means trouble.

Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge) (March 2010)
 


Blues in my Soul, the latest release by Bryce Janey, shows true grit as it showcases his skillful song writing, fine guitar slinging, and deep soulful vocals. There is a huge Texas blues presence on this album, akin to the likes of Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Accompanying Janey are Dan Johnson on bass, and Eric Douglas on drums. Both are excellent musicians and assist in making Blues in my Soul the enjoyable listening experience that it is. The bass line Dan Johnson provides for "Walkin' on a Live Wire", is infectious and ominous. I could listen to this song all day long. It is my favorite track. Janey has a talent for making his Strat sing, and the way he exhibits that talent makes this song a treat to listen to. Another great song, "Mission For Love", with its funky trance-inducing groove, is pure enjoyment. "City Under Water" stirred up a lot of emotion, as it unleashed memories of the flood of 2008 which hit Cedar Rapids very hard, and left an unfathomable amount of destruction. The feeling of helplessness we all had as we saw the river rise out of its banks are duly expressed as Janey sings, "The sky is falling. The ground is coming up. Water at my knees. I'm running out of luck." Other notable cuts include a pair of really cool cover songs, Johnny Winter's "Medicine Man" and Robin Trower's spacey ballad "In This Place". "Blues In My Soul" is a fine album. Pick it up and have a good listen.

Phil Smith (Linn County Blues Society) (August 2010)
 


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