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John Verity is perhaps still best known for his time in Argent from 1973 to 1976, after Russ Ballard recommended John as his replacement, noticing he would be a 'good fit' after seeing an early version of The John Verity Band supporting Argent whilst John was on the road promoting the first JV album. Prior to that he spent time working in the Bahamas and the US which culminated with prestige support slots for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Mountain amongst others.
John Verity has been an established and renowned producer for numerous bands and musicians including amongst others: Saxon, Motorhead, Charlie and Tank and of course, his own extensive collection of work, but a priority has always been live performances with his band: a fluid line-up but always with musicians of the highest professionalism and musicality.
The band’s appearance at HRH Blues, Sheffield 02 was one of many in 2016 where John was pleasing old friends and winning over fans, as evidenced from comments below:-
‘For me, John Verity Band were the highlight of the weekend. I didn’t know what to expect but they’re awesome! I’m now a confirmed JV fan!’
'I'm listening to John Verity today. I first saw him in Sheffield recently and was utterly stunned and gobsmacked by just how good he is. This guy has the best style and touch - as a player he makes me tingle. I would suggest to you all out there- miss this guy at your peril’.
John also found the time in 2016 to record and produce the latest album ‘My Religion’ which was played on numerous radio stations, including Paul Jones ‘Nothing but the Blues’ on BBC Radio 2 and reached No.15 of the most played albums on the IBBA (Blues) charts earlier in the year.
‘When I told a colleague that I had been listening to John Verity's new album, his eyes lit up – but instead of, as some of you might predict, banging on about Argent and Phoenix, he raved about seeing John recently in Sheffield with talented Jamie Mallender (bass) and Liam James Gray (drums) alongside, knocking them dead with classic blues riffs at the sell-out HRH event at Sheffield O2.
This is a fine crafted album. It tells you all about the range of the artist. It has some terrific rocking moments, has some great lyrics and delivers both traditional and modern blues with some subtlety and you are left under no allusion that you are in the hands of a proper musician and vocalist who would have no problem filling a stadium, packing out any club and bringing a festival audience to their feet. And of course, it seems that is exactly what he is still doing. Go buy.’- ‘The Hat Reviews’, Peter Elliott 2016
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