Following the release of two notably successful singles and an EP, electric bluesman John J Presley returns with ‘True Love Waits’, the first track lifted from his forthcoming debut album.


With the first few releases, Presley gained an army of fans – through additions to national radio playlists and nods from the broadsheets and influential sites, John‘s music got catapulted across the channel where he also found support on European radio and huge festival billings to match.

‘True Love Waits’ shows a raw but warm side to Presley. Speaking on the track he says…

“True Love Waits is one of those moments. One where you give the whole of you. You let the tranquil breeze take you. The inhibitions are well and truly gone. I didn’t think about this song, it just came through me. It’s where I’d like to be all the time. I recorded it as I wrote it. First take.”

The forthcoming album was recorded between attic rooms in North London and Giant Wafer studios in Wales. This first cut from the record shows Presley in fine form and that he certainly means business. With influences ranging from John Coltrane to The Kills; Nick Cave to PJ Harvey, his roots are firmly in the blues but over time he has nurtured his sound to be a hybrid of swamp rock, electric blues and classic songwriting.

Additionally, Presley has played as part of Duke Garwood’s live band and was on guitar duties for the live show surrounding Ed Harcourt’s most recent release.

Presley and his band will be appearing at the following dates with a UK and European run coming this autumn.


27th July – Lunar Festival

24th August – Friday Lates at Jimi Hendrix’s Flat


12th January – Rockaway Beach Festival

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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