JANUARY BERRY BAND
John January & Linda Berry
In the course of 6 years, the January Berry Band has been become a mainstay on the San Diego music scene. They've built their reputation and following at notable venues and events such as Humphreys Backstage LIVE, the Pala Mesa Resort, Art Around Adams Festival, The Encinitas Street Fair, Earthday Festival Balboa Park, The Baja Blues Fest, and The Carlsbad Flower Fields.
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." 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.
Guitarist and Singer John January, known far and wide for his energetic performances, is a Billboard Magazine Award Winning Songwriter. He is also 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, Greg Douglas, Sha Na Na's Jaco Marcellino, and Sue Palmer. As the guitarist for the all-star band Little Monsters, as well as 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, and Koko Taylor, to name a few. Linda cut her teeth as a band front woman 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.