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Damn right we got the blues! Spreading blues out of the wild-Sonoran desert, this is your exclusive source for blues talk, Blues America; a little show from Arizona produced weekly from the Chico Chism Memorial Studio and featuring interviews with prominent and often rare blues guests.
2015 - Drew Verbis is an award winning radio presenter, producer and accomplished photographer. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a United States Navy expeditionary combat veteran (OEF, Afghanistan 2009, 2012). He was the manager for the great blues legend, Louisiana Red and has worked behind the blues for 20 years.
2010 - PHOTOGRAPHY
HARMONICA BLUES - BOB CORRITORE
DELTA GROOVE MUSIC
2009 - PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE, RESEARCH
BLUES ON MY RADIO - VARIOUS
2009 - PHOTOGRAPHY
BROADCASTING THE BLUES - VARIOUS
2007 - PHOTOGRAPHY
HOUSE ROCKIN' AND BLUES SHOUTIN'-VARIOUS
BLUE WITCH RECORDS
2005 - COVER PHOTO, PHOTOGRAPHY
NO TURN ON RED - LOUISIANA RED
2004 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
LEGEND LIVE - ROBERT LOCKWOOD, JR.
2004 - COVER DESIGN
SNAKES CRAWLS AT NIGHT - CHIEF GILLIAME
RANDOM CHANCE RECORDS
2003 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
NO MONKEYS ON THIS TRAIN - R.L. BURNSIDE
2001 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
NOT THE SAME OL BLUES CRAP - VARIOUS
FAT POSSUM RECORDS
2001 - PHOTOGRAPHY
RHYTHM ROOM BLUES - VARIOUS
1999 - PHOTOGRAPHY
ALL-STAR BLUES SESSIONS - BOB CORRITORE
CHAMPAGNE & REEFER - MOJO BUFORD
At the age of 19, while working as a record store manager in Los Angeles, Verbis was obsessed with following his blues heroes which motivated him to sneak into 21-over concerts by entering through band entrances while posing as a press photographer. This daring adventure led to a lifelong passion for photography and a chance meeting with his blues hero and mentor, Bob Corritore (Hohner® Harmonica Artist, W.C. Handy® Award Winner, and Grammy® Nominee).
Later Drew would work for Corritore as the entertainment director at Arizona's premiere blues hotspot, the world famous blues nightclub, the Rhythm Room. During this time Drew was involved with many recording sessions featuring artists such as: R.L. Burnside, Robert Lockwood Jr., Louisiana Red, Henry Gray, Mojo Buford, Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, Kid Ramos, Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Lil’ Ed, Chico Chism, Sam Lay, Sonny Rhodes, Kim Wilson, Eddie Shaw, Little Milton, Lazy Lester and many more.
From 2003-2005, he was the host of the award winning radio program, ‘Blues and Beyond’ on NPR powerhouse affiliate KJZZ, 91.5 FM. Verbis has professionally interviewed hundreds of artist including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, R.L. Burnside, Robert Belfour, Kelly Joe Phelps, Calvin Jackson, Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Lockwood Jr, Ruth Brown, Jack Johnson, Jesse Mae Hemphill, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb Mo, Junior Wells, Jimbo Mathis, Bob Koester and Ben Harper.
1. "Drew Verbis - Discography - AllMusic" allmusic.com Retrived April 8 2015
2. "Westview Grad Fuels Blues Machine" Westvalleyview.com Retrived April 9 2015
3. "Best of Phoenix Award" Phoenixnewtimes.com Retrived April 9 2015
4. "Drew Verbis Bio" drewverbis.com Retrived April 9 2015
5. "All the Right Moves" Westvalleyview.com Retrived April 10 2015
6. "Navy Seabees Receive Badge of Merit" Dvidshub.net Retrived April 10 2015
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Blues America is home to the Jerry Lawson Legacy Project, an exclusive feature which documents the amazing history of singing all-star, Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in biographical commentary by Jerry himself. First recorded by Frank Zappa, the Persuasions are the most famous a’cappella singing group in the world.
For more information about the program or to access our archive of episodes visit the Blues America website at http://www.bluesamerica.com
"For Verbis, it's not twiddling the radio knobs or playing the records, although that is part of it, it's the expert knowing, the passion, the loving of blues music that is his job."
-Michael Clawson, Staff Writer, West Valley View
Verbis was an artist agent and tour manager for the great blues legend Louisiana Red and followed several high profile Fat Possum records caravan tours as an photographer. He has been a guest host on many radio programs, including, 'Those Lowdown Blues.' Currently, he often works on projects with his friend and mentor, the legendary singer, Jerry Lawson (Persuasions, CBS-Sing-Off®). In 2015, he co-founded the Chico Chism Memorial Studio w/ record store owner Dan Duregger. Verbis lectures on college campuses concerning blues, folklore and little-known legends of early American music. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (awards Grammy®), a lifetime member of the Windy City and Phoenix Blues Society and a partner member of the Blues Foundation (awards the W.C. Handy®).
Have Blues Will Travel! Blues America broadcasts on local radio from Tucson to Sedona and coast to coast as a nationally syndicated listener supported program venerating The BLUES; a tradition of America’s modern roots music born from the African-American folklore.
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