John Ussery began playing guitar in the mid-fifties. Between then and 1974 he played and/or recorded for John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Delaney and Bonnie, and numerous others.
Ussery's been around awhile and his latest CD "Cryin' and Screamin'" shows a player comfortable with his playing (as well he should be), and who's comfortable with the blues. Ussery did some recordings with his band Locomotive back in '69 (MGM Records), and cut a solo LP, "USSERY" (Mercury Records) in '74. Shortly after, he left the music business before returning in 1991.
John's been playing in and around the Austin, TX area while working on his own and others' projects. His return to playing and writing music "Blues" is marked with a vengence with the 1998 release of (Real Blues) Award-winning title "gettin' lucky" and the 2000 release of "Cryin' and Screamin'" (Living Blues) Top 25 two months running.
Ussery is a wonderful and imaginative soloist. Listen to the double-stop string-bending heaven on a horn-driven "My, My Baby, Bye, Bye" to the very imaginative soloing on the slow blues of "Did You Ever Love A Woman". In fact, if you'd like to add some licks to your arsenal that aren't cliches heard from every other blues player, the last cut on the CD will help. -John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine
Ussery is a no-nonsense blues player that has a great feel for pretty much any kind of blues as well as writing, arranging, and playing.
John was glad to be invited to Heritage Guitars as an Artist and absolutely loves his H150-cm. Having played and owned many fine guitars in his life Ussery has this to say about his Heritage:
John Ussery: My H150 has that sound you look for .. absolutely incredible! And the guys at Heritage really take pride in getting it right. I can't even begin to recall all the people that have picked up and played my 150 and they all say the same thing.."Is it for sale?" Or "listen to the tone and man what a feel!" You play this guitar un-plugged and just marvel at the sound and sustain. What a great guitar! I just love it.
In the past few years, Ussery has been writing Blues and Christian songs while playing at his church in Georgetown, TX. He has just recently been asked to join a Bluegrass Christian band called Sealed and Armored and is looking forward to contributing all he can.
In the new song department, John just recently co-wrote a song with Blind Pig recording artist "Hamilton Loomis" from Houston, TX.