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 - PHOTOGRAPHY
RHYTHM ROOM BLUES - VARIOUS
1999 - PHOTOGRAPHY
ALL-STAR BLUES SESSIONS - BOB CORRITORE
CHAMPAGNE & REEFER - MOJO BUFORD
“This show is very special and Drew is an exceptional young man. He doesn’t spin records for an hour like my uncle did 60 years ago; no, this is blues entertainment. And because of this, I think he’s found a way to make roots music approachable to everyone. That’s not easy.” – Jerry Lawson, The Persuasions
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
“Drew is allowing the Blues to tell its story and nobody is doing this anymore. We can’t forget our traditions, stories and history. There are not many outlets for artists to talk about the Blues so I hope the community supports this special program that is keeping the Blues Alive." -Bobby Rush
“Blues America is an exceptional program that fulfills a badly needed niche bringing to light the personal narrative of many vital artists in today’s contemporary Blues world.” – Bob Corritore
"I think that the young guys like Drew (Verbis), Cedric (Burnside), Jarekus (Singleton), Selwyn (Birchwood) and myself are sparking the fire in other young people to step out and make this music (Blues) great again. " -Mr. Sipp
Drew Verbis is an award-winning radio presenter, musicologist, author, Navy expeditionary combat veteran and accomplished feature photojournalist. His photos and articles have been published in magazines, CD’s, newspapers, and websites around the world. The former Mississippi resident earned his Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. Drew has produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great Robert Jr. Lockwood. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Buford. Drew was the manager and booking agent for Louisiana Red and has worked behind the scenes in support of the blues for 20 years; much of which with his friend and mentor, harmonica ace, Bob Corritore. Drew has been involved or present in legendary recording sessions that included some of the top players of the blues genre, including: Little Milton Campbell, Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Shaw, John Primer, Henry Gray, Nappy Brown, Sugaray Rayford, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester, John Brim, Bob Stroger and dozens more. He produces the syndicated Blues America radio series from the Chico Chism Memorial studio in Phoenix, in honor of his late friend, Chico Chism who was the Howlin’ Wolfs last drummer. Among the many unique downhome performances Drew has produced in this studio include: John Primer, Henry Gray, Jimbo Mathus, Jimi Primetime Smith, Bob Corritore, Dave Riley, Paris James and his longtime friend, Cedric Burnside. Recently, Drew accompanied piano legend Henry Gray to Memphis to induct Mr. Gray into the Blues Hall of Fame.
From 2003-2005 Drew hosted the radio series ‘Blues and Beyond’ which aired on NPR affiliate KJZZ, 91.5 FM (Phoenix) where he worked as a fill-in broadcaster for 9 years. During this time he interviewed BB King, Jimmy Smith, Ruth Brown, Marian McPartland, Ben Harper, Jr. Wells, T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, JJ Grey and many more. He also hosted a program on KFNX 1100 AM (Phoenix) and reported for the Armed Forces Radio Network.
"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
KEEP THE BLUES ALIVE
Southwest Musical Arts Foundation
FUNDING AND PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION MADE POSSIBLE BY:
WHERE THE BLUES TALKS
PHOENIX, AZ – Now in its third season, "Blues America" is “where the blues talks”; a weekly public radio series that provides an outlet for Blues artists to share their stories and music. Proudly supporting the “keep the blues alive” movement by documenting the stories that continue to influence this powerful genre while venerating the Blues; an African-American folklore which evolved into American's original art form and shaped today’s modern popular music. The series is independently produced by award winning host Drew Verbis at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix and is one of the featured “stations” in the Living Blues Magazine radio charts.
Each program presents a guest interview, special features and music packed into a one-hour (58:00 minutes) program. The music is arranged around the interview and is chosen to complement the guest or theme of the show.
Blues America is also home to the Jerry Lawson Legacy Project, an exclusive series which documents the amazing history of singing great Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in biographical commentary by Jerry himself.
Independent production by Drew Verbis
Distributed by Public Radio Exchange and the Pacifica Network’s Audioport
Program Length: 58:00 minutes
Breaks: 1 Mid 1:20 minutes
Publication: Files are available by Noon Eastern on Fridays
Air Window: Friday – Thursday
Fundraiser: Cutaways are not provided unless requested by stations
Carriage Fees: Stations are permitted to air episodes without carriage fees, including on sub-channels, repeater stations and webcast.