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DREW'S

DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - PRODUCER

BLUES AMERICA - VARIOUS

SWMAF/NORTHBOUND RECORDS

 

2017 - LINER NOTES

AIN'T NOTHING - JOHN PRIMER/BOB CORRITORE

DELTA GROOVE MUSIC

 

2017 - PHOTOGRAPHY

"92" - HENRY GRAY

MUSIC MATTERS RECORDS

 

2010 - PHOTOGRAPHY

HARMONICA BLUES - BOB CORRITORE

DELTA GROOVE MUSIC

 

2009 - PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE, RESEARCH

BLUES ON MY RADIO - VARIOUS

SWMAF RECORDS

 

2009 - PHOTOGRAPHY

BROADCASTING THE BLUES - VARIOUS

SWMAF RECORDS

 

2007 - PHOTOGRAPHY

HOUSE ROCKIN' AND BLUES SHOUTIN'-VARIOUS

BLUE WITCH RECORDS

 

2005 - COVER PHOTO, PHOTOGRAPHY

NO TURN ON RED - LOUISIANA RED

HMG RECORDS

 

2004 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

LEGEND LIVE - ROBERT LOCKWOOD, JR.

M.C. RECORDS

 

2004 - COVER DESIGN

SNAKES CRAWLS AT NIGHT - CHIEF GILLIAME

RANDOM CHANCE RECORDS

 

2003 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

NO MONKEYS ON THIS TRAIN - R.L. BURNSIDE

HMG RECORDS

 

2001 - PHOTOGRAPHY

RHYTHM ROOM BLUES - VARIOUS

HIGHTONE RECORDS

 

1999 - PHOTOGRAPHY

ALL-STAR BLUES SESSIONS - BOB CORRITORE

HIGHTONE RECORDS

 

1999- PHOTOGRAPHY

CHAMPAGNE & REEFER - MOJO BUFORD

FEDORA RECORDS

“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

HOST, PRODUCER

 

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 degrees in Communication and Museum Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. 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

SWMAF

Southwest Musical Arts Foundation

FUNDING AND PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION MADE POSSIBLE BY:

WHERE THE BLUES TALKS

Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly series featuring conversations with blues people who share their stories and music. Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times.  The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts.  

 

Host: Drew Verbis

Audio format: Stereophonic sound

Number of episodes: 120 (2017 – 37, 2016 – 44, 2015 – 34, 2014 – 05)

Original radio release: May 2, 2015 (KFNX, 1100 AM)

Recording studio: Chico Studio, Phoenix, Arizona

 

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.

Broadcast Highlights:

 

 

The first 2017 post-Grammy Award interview with Bobby Rush

 

One of the last interviews with B.B. King

 

The first interview with Curtis Salgado promoting his award-winning album, “The Beautiful Lowdown”

 

The world-wide premiere of Sugaray Rayford’s, “The World That We Live In” as reviewed in the Rolling Stone

 

The first pre-view of John Primer & Bob Corritore, “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”

 

The first national interview with Elvin Bishop promoting the 2017 Grammy Award nominated album, “Big Fun Trio”

 

The first post-Blues Hall of Fame interview with Henry Gray

 

The first pre-view of Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore, “House Party at Big Jon’s”

 
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