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Local Artist Spotlight: Blue Jay

It started at a pizza place.

Josh Deal, then the 18-year-old manager at Coach’s Pizza World in Mexico, Missouri, befriended a co-worker. Bradley Hutchinson was 14 at the time and didn’t know how to play the guitar. Josh did. What followed was a guitar lesson and friendship that would eventually result in the formation of folk-pop band, Blue Jay.

When The Havana Honeys, a folk band that Deal played banjo and sang in, were in need of a bass player, they brought Hutchinson in to fill the role. It was the first band Hutchinson had been part of that wrote and played their own music.

After The Havana Honeys split, Deal and Hutchinson remained as co-workers at a local sub shop. After finding a common love for The Avett Brothers and The Beatles, they decided to try and make music as a duo — but found little success.

“We tried at one point to do the whole guitar and banjo thing, and it was awful. It just didn’t work out,” Hutchinson said.

That all changed when Deal heard “You”, a song that Hutchinson had written. Deal decided then that they should pursue the project now known as Blue Jay. The two sat down and reworked the structure of the song to fit the mold of what they wanted from their band. “You” served as the rebirth of a project that Deal thought was history.

“It just seemed like something clicked that time around,” Deal said.

The duo’s one-year anniversary is quickly approaching, and Blue Jay is aiming to release their debut album in early 2018. The band released their second single from the upcoming record on Friday.

“It’s a song about being in love with someone for quite some time, and being able to look back at all the chapters of the relationship that you have been through together. Being thankful for every passing moment and not wanting to ever see any of that go away,” Deal said.

The album will be produced by Kevin Gates, a local producer out of Springfield. Gates has also worked with one of Hutchinson’s biggest influences — Joplin-based band Never Shout Never.

“My buddy told me he produced their album and then showed me one of their recordings, and it was so good that I couldn’t justify not recording with him,” Hutchinson said.

For Hutchinson, it turned out to be the perfect artist-producer relationship.

“Kevin knows exactly what he’s doing with each song. It just hits him and he goes – nonstop,” Hutchinson said.

One track on the record that sticks out for both Hutchinson and Deal is “North Carolina”.

“At our live shows, I like it to be the second to last song. My favorite part of the night is connecting with the people in the audience. I try to get people nice and close with that song, because I want them to listen to the words. It has a good meaning and there’s something that people can learn from it, especially when you’re young and going out a lot,” Hutchinson said.

The first priority for Blue Jay is to finish writing and recording the album. The second is to eventually distribute the record in physical form with a full package of artwork and lyric sheets.

“I would really like to print this album on vinyl. I want to have a really artistic album – like holding a piece of art in your hands,” Hutchinson said.

Follow Blue Jay on Twitter and like them on Facebook for the latest news on the upcoming album! 

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Official Roots N Blues Afterparties at Rose

Friday

The Kay Brothers

When: Friday, September 29th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass| $5 at door

Keep Friday night rolling with The Kay Brothers, a local stompgrass band from California, Missouri, and featuring our own Pat Kay, a talent buyer for The Blue Note!

 

Saturday

Dirtfoot

When: Saturday, September 30th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass| $10

Penned by the band as “Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie”, this Louisiana-based band has held many Roots N Blues afterparties at Rose in the past, and all have been some of the most high-energy shows the venue has ever hosted.

 

Sunday

Ben Miller Band

When: Sunday, October 1st. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with pass | Donations encouraged
Opener: The Driftaways

Note the change in time, because you don’t want to miss The Driftaways, a reggae-rock band from the St. Louis area, open the show on Sunday night.

Then end your Roots N Blues experience with some Ozark Stomp from Ben Miller Band to put an exclamation point on the entire weekend!


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YEAH BROTHER! It’s time for WRESTLEFEST!

When: Friday, June 23. Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10

Columbia, the first thing you need to do is shut up and listen to what the Rose is cooking! On Friday, June 23, we’re teaming up with Logboat Brewing Company and Dynamo Pro Wrestling to throw the ultimate costume party and celebration of all things wrestling.

This night will destroy all other parties before it. We’ve got everything you want all in one place — live music from punk rock champion belt winners Dangerbird from St. Louis, DJ King of Columbia and DJ Requiem. And don’t forget, the wrestling event you’ve all been waiting for! Two of Missouri’s top contenders, Brandon Aarons and Elvis Aliaga will go HEAD TO HEAD to win the first ever Wrestlefest Title Belt! All hosted by the mean and lean Jones Yard Dog aka MF Jones AKA Chainsaw!

You can bet that we’re bringing in a ring for this, brothers and sisters. So get yourself a costume from places like Gotcha, one of the great vintage clothing stores in town….or a place called the internet. See you there BROTHER!

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A few of our own setting the stage for the ultimate costume party. Get a costume, pick a side and be there! It’s going down!