One of the Hiawatha RAGBRAI performers won’t have far to travel July 23. Bryce Janey, a resident of Marion, will be performing with his father Billylee Janey as “The Janeys.” The duo has performed all around the Midwest, and even at various locations further around the country. The Janeys have performed for past RAGBRAIs as well, beginning with the first Marion RAGBRAI stop in 1994.
Father and son have been playing and performing together since Bryce was 13 years old, when Billylee, Bryce, and Bryce’s mother formed a trio called “The Janeys” that played the blues. Bryce mentioned that humorously many audience members didn’t even believe that they were actually a family, and thought that the family act was all a gimmick. Billylee and Bryce still enjoy performing and producing music together, but Bryce is a standalone talent in his own right as well.
“Obviously my dad inspired me a lot growing up,” Bryce said. “But I’ve also found a lot of inspiration in classic ’60s blues, and guys like Jimi Hendrix, Mike Bloomfield, Otis Rush, Robert Johnson, and Eric Clapton.”
Bryce has produced numerous albums as part of the trio and duo, but has released eight CDs as a solo artist as well. His next album will come out at the end of July, and will be titled Delta Road, comprised of a majority of original songs along with a few covers. Bryce records his music in his own home, but is signed by Grooveyard Records out of Rochester, New York.
Besides the new album and performing at the Hiawatha RAGBRAI overnight stop with his dad, Bryce has a few other upcoming gigs as well. He will be performing in Marion at QDog’s BBQ Company on August 22. Locals can enjoy Bryce’s music along with blues tunes from several other performers as well as part of a blues festival at the restaurant during the weekend of August 22. He also performs at various times through the year at different festivals, wineries, and restaurants with live music throughout the Midwest.
“It doesn’t really matter where the gig is, or if it’s 25 or 100 people that are there, as long as they appreciate the music,” Bryce said.
Performing and making music has always been a huge part of Bryce’s life. Playing guitar, bass, and singing are some of his favorite activities, along with producing a lot of the music himself. In the future, he hopes to take his music overseas as well, to countries like Ireland, Italy, France and Spain.
Catch the Janeys on July 23 as part of the RAGBRAI festivities in the Guthridge Park band shell in Hiawatha from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm to enjoy their blues rock tunes.