After two years of making new age music as Watersports, Russ and Lea played their first Blues Control show in 2006 on a whim. They have since toured in North America, the UK, Japan, and continental Europe; playing galleries, living rooms, museums, discos, and DIY venues. They have also opened for Animal Collective, Cluster, and Henry Flynt; written and performed an alternate soundtrack to Lewis Klahr's Five O'Clock Worlds; played for third graders in Oakland; and were the inspiration for Octavius Neveaux's 2009 solo painting exhibition at Cinders Gallery.
After several cassette releases, in 2007 Blues Control put out their first two full-length records: Puff (Woodsist/Fusetron) and Blues Control (Holy Mountain), and in 2008 they put out a 7" of holiday music as part of Sub Pop's Singles Club. In the summer of 2009 they released their third record, Local Flavor (Siltbreeze), which placed high on many music critics' year-end lists.