John Verity is the man and musician who is blue to his soul and has been one of the most consistent performers on the British blues rock circuit for many years, since the early days opening for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in the US and then his time as frontman with Argent. Joining John for this performance will be Liam James Gray on drums and bass supremo Roger Inniss (Blues Caravan, Laurence Jones, Elkie Brooks).
Opening for John will be his very special guest Beki Brindle, New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, who was discovered at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, members of 'The Band', while she was the blues legend, 'Yank' Rachell's lead guitarist. Now resident in Woodstock, New York, Beki has shared the stage with The Waterboys and members of U2 and Thin Lizzy, and is a renowned blues guitarist and singer with a style that is a mix of classic and original blues peppered with shades of Chicago and the Delta.
HRH BLUES V O2 SHEFFIELD 14/04/19 DAY TWO,
Review by Dave Martin
for Jace Media
"Now for someone I have admired for years in his time with Argent, JOHN VERITY BAND, tonight with Derek White on bass and the dynamic young drummer Liam James Gray, who is apparently only in the band as it makes the others not feel so old!
The minute he started his set with the Sonny Boy Williamson cover Help Me you knew this was going to be something special, with a great soulful intro then John starts to sing and I can tell you for a man of his age, (let’s just say he’s like me, over 25) he still has the voice, better than that!! He probably had the best blues voice heard this weekend. He plays a mix of covers and original songs with his band and tonight it was mainly covers, and every single one of them was outstanding: I put A Spell On You, JJ Cale’s Cocaine, with the first of many singalongs with the packed out audience, John’s version of Star Spangled Banner segueing into Purple Haze, yes I was back in musical heaven again. One of the stand out moments of this set was the minute you heard the unmistakable bass line from Derek and the drum riff from Liam: we knew Hold Your Head up, the Argent Classic, was on its way and this was definitely the noisiest crowd cheer heard over the two days and the crowd sang the chorus with all their hearts (and in tune!) We were also treated to Old Time Rock and Roll and another Argent Classic, God Gave Rock and Roll To You where John educated the audience by saying “this wasn’t as so many people think written by a bunch of guys with lots of makeup, even though they had a hit with it”.
And for those who don’t know it was actually written by another Argent legend Russ Ballard, this had another explosive reaction from the crowd, and ending the night with the Joe Walsh cover Rocky Mountain Way; the people must have worn their voice boxes out by now I know I nearly had, this was the best and something I won’t forget for a long time. Performance of the event in my opinion: John and the guys smashed it out of the park."