Bio

..an introduction (of sorts)

Vern Michaels is a five time S.C.M.A. nominee...
Male vocalist of the year (2011)
Album of the year (2011)
Guitar player of the year (2011, 2012, 2014) 

He has shared stages with Classic Rockers Trooper, Harlequin, Prism, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, April Wine...and Country artists Sammy Kershaw, Derek Ruttan and Juice Newton.
 

 History

....Vern began touring with "cover bands" in the late 80's. It was in this grueling age of playing 6 nights a week all over western Canada that he honed his guitar playing and began exploring his craft as a songwriter.

Several bands fell by the wayside before he co founded Edmonton's Blacwater Jack in 1990. Blackwater Jack were a huge draw in Cabaret and clubs in Alberta with a repertoire of classic southern rock covers complimented by their own original material. However, even a growing fan base and constant sold out shows couldn't keep it together and the band split in late 1994 with one EP under their belt. 

 In His Own Words...

 ".....After BWJ split I knocked around the Edmonton music scene for a year and did mostly nothing. A couple of gigs here and there with others. Then I moved with my wife and daughter in '95 to rural Saskatchewan and essentially gave up music altogether for about 2 years.

I began writing again without any real direction and around '97 I began playing with some locals and took on the job of frontman/lead singer as well. We did a handful of low key gigs as "Dillinger".

By '01 I was hooked up with a Saskatoon band called "Rock Show Radio" that lasted about a year. We did our last gig in Aug '02 and by Oct of '02 I had formed the first of the VMB with former RSR drummer Todd Ehman and bassist Rob Ehman.

We played our asses off anywhere and everywhere. Some crazy times. 

This lineup took us through 2004 when Todd left the band. Rob was to follow in late '05. Since then the lineup has evolved a few more times. I've been blessed to keep company with some fine musicians over thousands of shows around Western Canada.

Recordings....
2007 - EP Black 'n' White
2009 - Midnight and Moonshine
2011 - Backroads
2014 - the Swift Current Sessions

 Epilogue.....

The band is better than ever. (he says humbly) We still play largely country/rock covers and mix in a few of our own material. I've been doing a few solo acoustic shows lately. A different beast for sure, but I'm really enjoying them.

-Vern Michaels, April 2015