Jan Krist & Jim Bizer + Floyd King and the Bushwackers
Floyd King & the Bushwackers or just the Bushwackers or the BW’s is a vocal and instrumental trio from Southeast Michigan.
Sometimes called ‘Party Gospel’, the Bushwackers play a mixture of folk, western, swing, spirituals, and island songs. Rarely serious about anything except their music, BW shows feature ninety-eight percent original songs with some Hank and other old-timers making up the other two percent. That all adds up to one hundred percent good times.
The Bushwackers are: Maggie Ferguson on vocals, Jim Bizer on acoustic guitar and vocals and Dennis (Floyd) Kingsbury on mandolin, acoustic and slide guitar and vocals.
Jan Krist and Jim Bizer hail from Detroit, justly famous as Motown, but home to myriad musical influences. It was here that they met and made music together while still in their teens. After separately establishing their reputations as performers and songwriters, Jim and Jan have joined forces in a fun and formidable duo where the sum is greater than the already substantial parts.
With “Influence”, their first CD as a duo, and the recent release “Too”, Jan and Jim take the “duo” concept and run with it: performances mesh and interlock, lyric and melody interweave in surprising and intriguing ways. Buoyant to poignant, heartfelt to hilarious, they cut a wide stylistic swath that reflects their eclectic musical backgrounds. And yet, their sound is distinctly their own, an unmistakable musical fingerprint. No wonder Jim and Jan have been honored as winners or finalists from such entities as The Great American Song contest, Kerrville New Folk (TX), Mountain Stage NewSong (WV) and the Detroit Music Awards.