I'm a blues player. I'm a white boy from the UK who got the blues very early in life - how could I not get the blues?!
I love this music when it is played with feeling, and I've always tried to surround myself with like-minded musicians who play from the heart to get the the best out of this wonderful material. For this album I chose songs by Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Lowell Fulson and more from my favourite writers & artists. I purposely didn't listen to the originals, or even the other cover versions when recording this album. I wanted to recall them from memory just the way I remember them. I'm sure my influences will show as you listen, but I don't mind that. I'm proud of my heritage - this is a tribute album in the best sense. A tribute to my heroes.
I have a rich pool of excellent musicians to draw from - they are my great friends too:
Bob Henrit & Steve Rodford on Drums. Mark Griffiths & Andy Childs on Bass. Jeff Dakin on harmonicas, and Keith Wier on Keyboards.
I believe they will be proud of their contribution too...
I have been lucky enough to perform alongside many of my heroes during my career - check out my website sometime, I'm told it makes interesting reading... I even have a webcam in my studio - check it out!
OK that all from me - I hope you choose to listen to my music. We really did enjoy making this album, and I believe you can hear that when you listen.
JV December 2011.