The tagline on Bush League All Stars' MySpace page reads "Press On Regardless," and that's exactly what Dan Spurgeon's been doing for the past two decades.

The tagline on Bush League All Stars' MySpace page reads "Press On Regardless," and that's exactly what Dan Spurgeon's been doing for the past two decades.

The veteran Columbus rocker, best known for his role as frontman for sludgy hard rock local legends Greenhorn, has never let geography, fluctuating band lineups or a lack of widespread success keep him from banging out loud, lascivious workingman's rock 'n' roll. (Hell, call it grunge if you want.)

Since Greenhorn first disbanded in 1994 - and even in the midst of Greenhorn's intermittent reunions - he's been doing it under the name Bush League All-Stars.

"I don't know if there's anything else I know how to do," Spurgeon said.

If that's the case, at least he's doing it better than ever. The latest incarnation of Bush League All-Stars, formed in late 2006 after Spurgeon moved back from Wooster, is set to release their first offering Cedar Knees with a show Friday at The Summit. Spurgeon ranks the 12-song collection alongside his acclaimed work with Columbus rocker Jenny Mae.

"I don't think I've done anything better," Spurgeon said.

Bandmates Jacob Sundermeyer and George Hondroulis nodded in agreement. The pair, late of heavy-hitting kindred spirits the Evil Queens, form the rhythm section that thunders behind Spurgeon's rough-edged barroom rock. Jess Faller's shape-shifting keyboards and Kevin Happel's "sonic stew cookery" on lead guitar round out the lineup.

Spurgeon started Bush League as a chance for him to exercise more creative control than he had in the democratic confines of Greenhorn, but this latest edition of the band has caused him to loosen that grip a bit and let his bandmates shape the tunes. As a result, Cedar Knees is a relatively sprawling set of sounds and styles from a musician whose output has been characterized by its monolithic consistency.

The difference is clear enough in "Papercut," a song from Greenhorn's self-titled 2005 record reworked by Bush League. The original is a slow-burning garage rock tune reminiscent of Mudhoney. Bush League's version plays like Mudhoney on Extreme Makeover, with laser keyboards, pepped-up percussion, gnarly fretwork and spooky call-and-response freshening up what was already a fundamentally solid offering.

Elsewhere, "Campaign Trail" is a Randy Newman-style piano romp, while "Bored" could be a New Pornographers song with its swinging stomp and half-time, harmonized chorus. Spurgeon rightfully compared "Wait, Wait" to Ray Davies.

Cedar Knees was erroneously named after "cypress knees," root nubs that stick out of Florida swamps - "an absolute screw-up on my part," Spurgeon said, but one that's a lot more phonetically pleasing. The album will come out on Horny Records, rocker-about-town Brad Swiniarski's online hub for Columbus hard rock.

It will be available on disc too, with screenprinted cover art by Hondroulis. Call them old-fashioned, but they still like the idea of album as artifact, even if only as a keepsake for themselves.

"If I was making a personal time capsule," Spurgeon said, "this would go in it."

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