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Johnny "V' Vernazza

Blues legend Johnny “V” Vernazza, releases his second solo album, Lions and Thieves:

Best known for his work with the Elvin Bishop Band in the 1970’s, including the 1976 #4 hit, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Vernazza has played guitar with some of the biggest names in music, from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead. Vernazza has spent decades on stages big and small around the world, honing his craft and this album is the culmination of that experience. Now more than a decade into his solo career, his new album, Lions and Thieves, delivers on the promise of a lifetime in music.

Ably backed by bassist Jim Reeves, drummer Brian Cantrell and keyboardist Mark Bentley, the album’s 14 tracks cover a lot of ground. Indeed, Vernazza may be considered to be one of the finest blues and slide guitar players going today, but his sound is expansive. As detailed his blues varies, from the sweet soul edge of “Open The Door” to high octane rocker “Jungle,” the latter a sure fire single surely destined to be much covered in the future.
While the albums core group are all seasoned veterans, Vernazza also called in a few friends to help in the albums creation, with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Daniels and Albert Lee all contributing to Lions and Thieves.

Longtime fans will love every second of Lions and Thieves, but anyone who enjoys great blues and rock will need a copy of this album in their collection.

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