If you like the blues, you don’t have to leave Cedar Rapids to hear some excellent music. Even though he’s a young man, Bryce Janey has been playing the guitar for almost 30 years.
Bryce began his career in his hometown of Marion. He released his first CD in 1996. Over the next few years, Bryce released two new CDs, “Live at Checker’s Tavern” and “Sweet Baby Jane.” These early CDs gained national attention and five star reviews from Blues Access magazine. Bryce has played festivals and successful venues like B.B. King’s in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. While in the Blue Band he played venues in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville and Denver.
“The first real band I played in was with my parents in ‘The Janeys’ when I was 14,” he says.
Bryce had his own band as well, the Bryce Janey Band, which is still together, and a acoustic blues duet called Bryce & Merrill.
He was in the Bluesband with Bob Dorr from 1999 to 2002 and was Inducted into the Iowa Rock-n-Roll hall a fame as a member of that band.
He also plays part time with Perry Welsh and Tommy T-bone Giblin in The Pumpers.
And he still plays on a regular basis with his father Billy Lee Janey.
Bryce Janey’s influences include artists ranging from Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Band, in addition to many blues artists, from Chicago style to Old Delta Robert Johnson.
His love for country and folk music is combined into a melting pot of his own version of rock ‘n’ roll, country and blues with a touch of acoustic ballads and rhythm.