THE ex-frontman of 70s rock band Argent is to perform in Innerleithen.

John Verity is taking his 50-date tour across the UK.

And he will be stopping off at the newly established Borders Blues Club tonight, Friday.

Verity, who lists his musical influences as Elvis, Chuck Berry, Albert King and Aretha Franklin, grew up in Bradford, Yorkshire playing both the Rock N’ Roll hits of the greats but also the more contemporary music of the time.

He was the first UK artist to be signed to the same US Blues Record label as the legend BB King.

He said: “I started gigging in my early teens so always had an awareness of what people would want to listen to.

“I probably began, very early on in my career, to rearrange stuff into my own, more bluesy style.

“I would play popular songs, but in a slightly different style/more bluesy.”

Verity will be playing old tracks as well as songs from his latest and 20th album, ‘Blue to my Soul’.

These songs are influenced by his years on the road, playing alongside and supporting artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Savoy Brown, The Sweet and Saxon as well as Frankie Millar, Rory Gallagher and Jools Holland.

The John Verity Band will be supported by Unfinished Business at The Vale Club, Innerleithen.

Doors will open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5 on the door.