RFT article on John McVey
“Why Bluesman John McVey Left Texas”
– Riverfront Times
John released his debut album ‘Gone To Texas’ in 2002 featuring Kim Wilson, Joel Guzman, Larry Fulcher, Frosty and Mike Buck. John McVey and the Stumble then recorded Erin Jaimes’ debut album ‘You Had to Go’ in 2004. John’s second CD, ‘Road House Stomp’, was recorded at Dan Electro’s in Houston and released in 2009.
John McVey is a veteran of Texas Blues, who created his signature tone and earned his aggressive guitar chops as a member of touring bands on the Chitlin’ Circuit. He was mentored by Blues legends Larry Davis and Albert King. With no effects pedals, his ‘singing guitar’ emotes heart-rending bends and smooth runs as well as bold chording that has led many, including the legendary ‘Uncle’ John Turner, to call McVey ‘the best rhythm guitar player around.’
His musical resume includes world-wide performances with Hook Herrera & the Hitchhikers and Paul Orta & the Kingpins. After a very profitable Miller Genuine Draft Light television spot, John joined the Lavelle White Band in ATX as guitarist and band leader. With Lavelle, he played the major festival circuit for several years on shows with Luther Allison, John Lee Hooker and more.
John currently lives and performs in the St. Louis, Missouri / Southern Illinois area with his band which includes legendary bass player Mike Graham and and the mighty Rob Lee on drums.
Gary Clark Jr. on John McVey
“So when did you become a student of the blues?”