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, TN. 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 and the band have always loved the powerful interplay and space between just one guitar, bass and drums.
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. Verra Cruz is partnering with Los Angeles-based label, CatBeach Music to release their latest singles, with the premiere of ‘The World Is Crashing In’ on November 11, 2022.