Drew Verbis is a radio presenter, musicologist and accomplished photographer. He is the host of the popular radio series Blues America which is syndicated on PRX and the Pacifica Networks Audioport. The former Mississippi resident is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a United States Navy expeditionary combat veteran who served two deployments in Afghanistan (2010, 2013) with NMCB 133. He is the former booking agent and manager for Blues legend Louisiana Red and has worked behind the scenes in support of the Blues for 20 years; much of which with his mentor and close friend, Bob Corritore. Drew has produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great late Robert Lockwood Jr. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Burford. Drew has been present at recording sessions in Phoenix that included some of the best known players of the genre including Little Milton Campbell, Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Shaw, Sugaray Rayford, John Primer, Henry Gray, Nappy Brown, Bob Stroger, Tail Dragger John Brim, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester and many more.
From 2003-2005 Drew hosted the radio series, Blues and Beyond which aired on NPR affiliate KJZZ, 91.5 FM (Phoenix) where he worked as a fill-in broadcaster for 9 years. During this time he interviewed BB King, Jimmy Smith, Ruth Brown, Marian McPartland, Ben Harper, Jr. Wells, T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, JJ Grey and many more. He has also been a host on KFNX 1100 AM (Phoenix) and reported for the Armed Service Broadcasts.
Drew is the co-founder of the Chico Chism memorial studio, a voting member of the Recording Academy (awards the Grammy), a board member of the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation and the Phoenix Blues Society. His photography has appeared in magazines, newspaper articles and many CD's.