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The John Verity Band

The John Verity Band

Date: Nov 23 | Time: 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm | Price: £6 on the door
The John Verity Band

John Verity, originally from Bradford in West Yorkshire, is perhaps still best known for his time as frontman in Argent from 1973 to 1976. Russ Ballard recommended John as his replacement, noticing he would be a ‘good fit’ after seeing the The John Verity Band supporting Argent whilst John was on the road promoting the first JV album. Prior to this he spent time working in the Bahamas and the USA which culminated with prestige support slots in 1970 for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Mountain amongst many others. Fast forward to the later 1970s when, along with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford (Formerly drummer and bassist with Argent) he formed Phoenix, which soon signed to CBS records. John also produced the Phoenix albums and co-produced the Charlie album ‘Good Morning America’ as well as the first Saxon album around this time. He decided to divide his time between sessions and record production, until late in 1981 when PRT Records MD Matt Haywood asked JV to record a comeback album. “Interrupted Journey”, released under the name Verity in 1982, was highly acclaimed in the UK, USA and Europe and successfully relaunched John’s performing career, as he once again took to the road. John was approached by many big name acts for recording and performing projects during this period – Mike Rutherford of Genesis wrote three songs for inclusion on JV’s next set of recording sessions, and both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake used John on their current recording projects.

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John Verity released ‘Blue to my soul’ in November 2017, his 20th album since the ‘Argent’ days and finds John once again in the company of some great musicians, continuing along his chosen path of blues flavoured originals and covers. As ever, the music is powerful yet soulful, mixing UK style guitar blues
influences with strong choruses, and lyrics bound to make you smile and perhaps even make you cry…

‘Blue to my Soul’ comprises six JV originals together with four covers, three of which are already in the JV Band live set, plus an acoustic version of Alabama Blues, featuring Max Milligan on guitar.The rest of the album features:

  • Steve Rodford or Liam James Gray on drums.
  • Bob Skeat, Roger Inniss, John Gordon or Jamie Mallender on bass.
  • Jamie Pipe, Bob Fridzema or Ian Gibbons on keyboards.
  • Bianca Kinane or Jayne Tretton on background vocals.

The CD is recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at 101 Recorders, Cardington UK.

 


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