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Textbook Blues – Not just another Academic Exercise


Textbook Blues has been rocking Bozeman audiences for about fifteen years, playing such venues as Emerson’s Lunch on the Lawn, The Robin, The Rockin’ R, The Buffalo Station (before the strippers), The Filling Station, Chico Hot Springs, The Murray Hotel, Little John’s, Gardiner Brewfest, and Rockin’ the Rivers. They play a combination of blues, rock, and original tunes that defy normal description. But whatever the song, it’s sure to be unique and soulful.

Featuring the soulful lead singer, Edis, and the outstanding lead guitar of John Priscu, Textbook Blues combines Warren Jones on bass and Greg Vallor on drums in a tight mix of musical virtuosity. Edis’ warm alto vocals are heard in a variety of venues around town mostly as a solo act; playing with Textbook Blues gives her the opportunity to really rock, and rock she does. Fans love her powerful voice and heartfelt vocals.

The source of our name is our day jobs, for three of us at least.  John is a Professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received variety of other accolades for his polar research too numerous to mention.  Edis is an instructor in the department of English, with many years of experience getting Freshmen to be able to communicate effectively as well as inspiring honors students to new heights of accomplishments.  Warren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering with specialization in Environmental Engineering and microbial processes in water.  Greg used to hold teaching credentials in Industrial Arts and Music. He has also taught private percussion lessons and helped start and run the US Embassy Summer Camp Program in Prague, Czech Republic. Greg has also worked in the movie business and building industry but currently brings home the bacon as a service representative for the Pella Window company.