John Veysey began singing Buddy Holly songs at school in the 50's. With a school friend he would turn up at dances and borrow the band's drummer to play a few songs and keep the people dancing while the real band took a break. He was 15 years old.
On leaving school John put aside his guitar until the late 70's when he bought an electric guitar and began leading weekly jam sessions always seeking the ease with which he used to play and sing at school 20 years before.
Too late in life to become a guitar virtuoso John tuned his guitar to an open G, threw away the bass E string and found he could make some of the early Keith Richard sounds which had attracted his ear to the Rolling Stones' music.
He started writing songs which were catchy and easy-to-play; the idea being that complete strangers could immediately pick up a simple repetitive form and make their contribution to the music without having to concentrate on complex chord structures.
For the last 25 years or so John's jam-sessions have taken place on a Thursday night at the Colville music club. Nathan McCauley was there at the first of these Thursday nights back in 1986. Since then they have played with a string of different musicians.
At times they have played out as a band, perhaps at a party, a wedding or a gathering for friends but John is a bit of a hermit and not many people have heard his music. When playing live it is not always possible to distinguish which songs are the covers and which are the originals.
As the band wore out one song John would produce another one and many of his songs have been discarded never to be heard again.
It is entirely thanks to Nathan McCauley, his drive and his recording skills that John has been persuaded to record some of his songs and is now able to present his first CD
"YOU CAN SEE A RIVER", to the public.
Some of the songs on this CD were written 30 years ago and some were written only last week. It is R and B with a strong country influence and plenty of other influences thrown in. The songs cover a range of styles and chances are you will be able to relate to all of them.
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