john january & linda berry
Their brand of energy and soul is evident when John January and Linda Berry hit the stage. “Linda’s musicality, her singing and stage presence are keeping in the tradition of the great blues artists I’ve played with”, says John. “We know that fans of blues and rock like to feel that they are in on something special when they go out to see a band, so Linda and I keep to that idea with every song we write, choose and perform.
Guitarist and Singer John January, known far and wide for his energetic performances is a Billboard Magazine Award Winning Songwriter and is honored as a great Blues artist in the Blues Hall Of Fame. Entertaining West Coast audiences from Mexico to Vancouver British Columbia, John has performed with notables such as Curtis Salgado, The Bayou Brothers and Sue Palmer. As the guitarist for the all-star band Little Monsters, and also Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak, John learned the specialty of putting on exciting shows. John’s virtuoso guitar and fat slide playing are a perfect complement to Linda’s expressive vocals – and vice versa!
Linda Berry, who grew up in Richmond Virginia, came from a family of musicians and was initially inspired by her father and brothers’ eclectic record collections, which contained everything from Frank Sinatra to John Mayall. Linda’s biggest musical influences are Bonnie Raitt and a host of other blues greats of past and present: Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Maria Muldaur, Etta James, Koko Taylor, to name a few. Linda cut her teeth as a band frontwoman in the San Diego area at Larry’s Beach Club with the Smokin’ Jr. band and also as a guest vocalist with numerous local blues bands. It was there at Larry’s Beach Club that Linda first met John on stage around 4 years ago. The blues being the universal language it is, they began performing together in that moment, tapping into the undeniable chemistry apparent to all.
A great performance moves freely between joy, beauty and exhilaration. January Berry shows mix electric and acoustic virtuosity, soaring vocals and close harmonies along with those steamy duets.