Verra Cruz are three hard-rocking bluesmen from England. The trio is made up of Marc James (guitar/lapsteel/vocals), Henry Cross (bass) & Jimmy Cooke (drums).
A significant preface to the Verra Cruz story took place in June 2002 when Marc and Jimmy chanced upon an original 1920’s lapsteel guitar in a small boutique guitar shop in Memphis. The lapsteel had been found in the back of a Tennessee church and was to become a significant part of the Verra Cruz sound over the next few years.
Seattle bands and artists have always been a heavy influence on Verra Cruz and run deeper than just the grunge scene; Hendrix has always been a big band favourite. The Experience were arguably one of the first great rock trios and as a band VC have always loved the powerful interplay and space between just one guitar, bass and drums.
Verra Cruz have played all over Europe and North America and highlights include The Viper Room, the 100 Club, Download Festival and Shepherds Bush Empire opening for Switchfoot on their 2007 European tour.
The band’s first album ‘Emancipation Day’ was released on Delirious? imprint label Fierce! In 2006. Their second full-length studio record ‘Innocence’ followed in 2008 on the same label and then in 2011 Fierce! was wound down and the band self-released their 2016 ‘Violent Sun EP’ through crowd funding platform PledgeMusic.
The band are currently working on new material to release as singles in 2019.