by Angie Mack Reilly written 4.22.16. Photo taken by Angie in April of 2016 in Grafton, WI
Intentionally delayed publishing until 11.12.18
Will and Kevin are brothers from Milwaukee who are hoping to produce their EP this summer. Will is the older brother who writes most of their original songs as well as performs on keys and lead vocals. Kevin plays the drums and bass as well as arranges songs with his brother.
The two performed a “private concert” for me last Saturday which was quite a gift.
Their music is highly original with a tight groove, smooth melodies and uplifting lyrics. Listening definitely put me in a better mood. Their performance for me was ambient and fresh yet surprisingly full for two musicians. I couldn’t help but move along to their positive and percussive sounds full of lyrical fluidity. These guys are going places.
Will and Kevin consider themselves as being self-taught. However, they come from a highly musical family with their father Ron being a bassist and their mother Leona a guitar player. Thanks to their cousin who lived with them growing up, Will remembers going to sleep to the sounds of Tupac, Biggie Smalls and other rappers. Will has memories of growing up in the 80s listening to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit on his brand new “Walkman”.
Their grandfather, Theodore Franks was a multi-talented man who played the guitar and piano in Texas. Their sisters sing and there are even more musicians on their father’s side. Their uncle, Dehner Franks, is a professional and nationally touring songwriter, pianist and minister.
Will and Kevin also minister in music at Epikos Church in West Allis. Both brothers admit that they have risen to a higher level of musical excellence under the leadership of Michael Morgan at Epikos. In 2006, Morgan was in a band called “Northern Room” that opened for Bon Jovi at the Bradley Center. Musicians wanting to play at Epikos have to perform a successful audition.
Will and Kevin have begun a new tour featuring some of their original titles such as “Portia”, “Avid”, “Temple”, “Adrift”, and my favorite of theirs, “Passage”. They have most recently played at Mo’s Irish Pub and Frank’s Power Plant in Milwaukee with great fan reception. Others have described Will and Kevin’s sound as being somewhat like The Cure’s “Burn” or like Sting from the Police.
Words cannot describe my love and care for the “Bush Family”. Will and Kevin’s parents and I used to play music together at Spirit Life Church in Mequon in the 2000s on a very regular basis. I’ve also played with Will and Kevin. Even though I don’t see them several times a week anymore, they will always be family to me. Because of this, I am sharing.
Being ill as a musician can be extremely devastating. I’ve been there. I know others who have been there. There is something special that “I know” about Will. Not only is he like family to me, doggedly hard-working and an amazing musician. Above all, Will Bush is a voice. A voice. A voice. A VOICE. A VOICE. And his heart is beautifully full of love…..
His voice, his message, is pertinent and life-giving.
Ladies and gentleman, let’s rise to the occasion. These young men are strong leaders. Thank you in advance.
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