THE J. EVANS BAND

John Evans: a survivor of the streets

THE BAND
John Evans: vocals, guitar, original compositions
Mick Doherty: guitars, arrangements, producer
James Compton: piano and organ
Martin "Fuzz" Deniz:
bass guitar
Damian Grant: drums
John is a survivor: of false dawns and faded hopes, but also the drink and drugs of his “wild years” as a busker on the streets of London, Paris and Amsterdam.
“Most of the people I hung around with in those days are dead now, including my best friend. If I hadn’t stopped drinking I’m sure I would be too by now,” he says.
Born in Dartford southeast of London (‘Same 'ospital as Mick Jagger’, he quips), John Nigel Evans has been playing guitar and singing since his early teens.
During the 70s and 80s, he bummed and strummed his way around Europe, spending seven years in his much-loved city of Paris, before returning to London to work a carpenter.
John finally found himself on Skid Row, homeless, before deciding in 1994 to quit the bottle and devote himself seriously to music.
Tours of Germany fronting a hard blues-rock trio followed, and he even opened for Nina Simone at the Royal Albert Hall in 1998 with an acoustic set.
John then moved to the United States, studying music and working as a waiter in California.
Returning to London in 2003, he asked an old Paris friend, Michael Anders, now his manager, to organize another German tour, but realised they needed an album.
The result was in “In the Wild Years”, and two more tours of German clubs and pubs followed, this time with a five-piece band.
John recorded the latest album with his musical mentor Mick Doherty as producer and star guitarist.
INFLUENCES
First came the Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry. Also Bob Dylan.
Then Rod Stewart, Free and Bad Company, Paul Weller and Bruce Springsteen, to name but a few...