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     ver the next few years John co-wrote many songs with Angry Anderson that appeared on the “Southern Stars” and “Beats of a Single Drum” albums. John also worked with other well known Australian Music legends during this time including Renee Geyer and Jon Stevens. .


   ohn then joined Australia’s premier Blues Band Chain. “I had been a fan of Chain since day one and regular guitarist Phil Manning was ill so Matt Taylor gave me a call, I had just left Rose Tattoo and was a little undecided about it at first, but once we started the first tour I loved the opportunity to play Blues, although it took a while to play a more subdued style after years of heavy rock. Phil Manning decided not to return to the band so Matt asked me to sign up permanently well at least for the next 4 years!” Albums recorded during this period include ”Australian Rhythm and Blues” and ”Blue Metal”. John also co-wrote with Matt Taylor for these albums and co-produced “Blue Metal”. John appeared on Matt Taylor’s Solo album ”Walls to McGoo”, co-writing the track “Adelaide River,” one of his favorite songs.


     uring this period “Saracen” briefly reformed for some sell-out reunion shows. The band also recorded a self-titled album, which although released independently, received some excellent reviews in European music publications.


  ohn recorded his first all instrumental album in 1992 and was rewarded with that year’s West Australian music industry’s Outstanding Album of the Year Award. This album also received The Producers Award for John and Tom Thorpe.


  ohn was awarded Guitarist of the Year and in 1993 and received an award from the West Australian Music Industry Association in recognition of Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the State through Achievement in the Arts.
John then spent time developing his studio and producing/composing music for television advertising and documentaries.


     uring this time session work for other studios and artists beckoned along with teaching
select students. In 1999 John released an Instrumental Album “The Shaman" with Jazz/fusion
influences to critical acclaim.


  n 2003 John was inducted into the West Australian Music Industry’s “Hall of Fame”


       ovember 2004 at the Bridgetown Blues Festival saw the launch of the Album
“John Meyer’s Blues Express”  featuring Peter Oats on Bass Guitar and vocals,
Ric Eastman drums and John on guitar.


  ohn Meyer’s Blues Express appeared at The Australian Blues Festival in Goulburn NSW in February 2008 and will continue to play select shows including the 2008 “Blues at Bridgetown”

2009 saw the Band appear at Blues on Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.


       orking on recording projects, producing, composing has kept Live Gigs at bay for the moment, but in January 2010 John worked with Angry Anderson and Rockhouse, more gigs are being planned.


  ohn Meyer’s Blues Express will be returning to Blues on Broadbeach this June”

   ohn was born in Three Springs, a small farming town in rural Western Australia. The first born of Dutch immigrants, John’s father Jan was a jazz fan and John grew up to the sounds of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and the like. Jan, known to his friends as “Fred”, also played the Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet and later played bass guitar in a band called the “Spectors” which featured originally as the drummer and then lead singer, a young Bon Scott who later went on to fame as the lead singer of ACDC.
        round age 14, at a friends house a recording of Peter Green playing guitar with “John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers” was heard and John’s mission in life changed forever.


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        fter a short time I managed to purchase a second hand Fender Stratocaster Guitar, and my dad actually built my first amplifier. I asked my band mates if I could try out as guitarist. I suspect they were highly amused by this but I was in. I couldn’t have been happier!”

   ohn started playing gigs in Perth nightclubs at age 16 which caused a few problems as the legal drinking age in those days was 21!


        t age 17 he was surprised when he featured in a national music publication as one the top Guitar players in Perth along with Peter Walker, a guitarist John much admired from the legendary “Bakery”


      uring this time John worked for a music distribution company whose products included Fender Guitars, and for a short time studied Accountancy at night school, Bands he played for during this time included “Stugwar Express”,Rudi and The Aardvaks and “Lucy Crown”.


   ohn gave up his ” day gig” and any thoughts of being an accountant, turning professional at age 18 upon joining as a
founding member, Legendary Perth Band “Fatty Lumpkin” .


   ohn had also been taking lessons to learn different playing styles but according to John, “Lionel Cranfield [who still owns Zenith Music, a Perth music Institution] gave him classical guitar lessons which was a turning point as far as his technique, discipline skills were concerned.


   he next few years were spent touring Australia regularly and making some recordings and honing his skills. After relocating to Sydney in 1981, John toured extensively with some of the big names in Australian music including Swanee and Sharon O'Neil before joining Australian legends Rose Tattoo. “Angry Anderson and I had met a few years previously when I played the legendary Bondi Lifesaver in Sydney, Angry was the celebrity DJ that night and after our performance we received a bottle of Jack Daniels backstage along with a message, ‘great gig regards Angry’.”
  ohn received a drum kit from his father at age 13 and with much enthusiasm soon joined a band playing Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds cover songs, the neighbors were less than impressed!



        e was lucky that his dad had a number of instruments including guitars, woodwind instruments and a Piano, so he amused himself by trying them out. The guitar seemed impossible at first, but at that stage his hero’s were John Lennon of the Beatles and Hank Marvin of the Shadows, who he wanted to emulate.