V & the Wholly Cats

V & the Wholly Cats

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN

V and the Wholly Cats was formed quite effortlessly after years of individual endeavor, effort and love for the blues. Several eras influence the style and essence not to mention a groove to make you wanna move! V and the Wholly Cats come to play...every night..


the down low,

Vernon Wills is an international platinum recording artist, influenced early by meetings in New York city with BB King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Hubert Sumlin.

Vernon grew up an army brat, born in Calgary, Alberta. His first instrument was a Kent Bass he bought himself at the age of 13 to play with his friends the Mystics in Nova Scotia.
Upon returning to Calgary, Vernon joined the Midnight Skulkers. The Skulkers, inspired by the blusier influence from the British invasion, set off playing gigs across Alberta and Vernon was noticed by Willie and the Walkers. Based in Edmonton, they asked him to join them. Shortly after, the Walkers moved to New York to pursue their musical endeavours.

Moving to New York brought the opportunity to meet the legends up close and personal and blues became the underlying passion and tour de force for Vernon. The first time he heard Robert Johnson, the deal was sealed, and he knew he would become a guitarist.

Vernon played with Chuck Berry and toured with many major recording acts since the late 60’s. As pop culture consumed the globe, blues venues shrank and Vernon was in and out of several pop groups. Vernon continued to write as a professional songwriter, as well as engineer and produce other artists, often working as a studio musician and vocalist.

A pre-Katrina trip to New Orleans during a brief hiatus from the industry inspired an honest wide-ranging sound that comes across in A Little Taste. V and the Wholly Cats were born. The second CD is set to be released in early 2010.

Performing an acoustic set as a single or leader of a 7 piece band, Vernon delivers the sound and passion that everyone relates and grooves to.

To book Vernon and his band:
vandthewhollycats@gmail.com or call 403-249-8960

To purchase the tunes:


A Little Taste - 2007

Set List

A Little Taste
Weight of the World
I Got A Girl
I Was Born
Jail Called Love
My God
Narssisitic Blues
Sugar Babe
My Little Honey Bee
You Don't Know Me

Its All Good
Learnin' To Crawl
Let Your Hair Hang Down
Love Comes Round
Nothin' Gonna Tear Me Down
Won't Burn Down
32-20 Blues
Come On In My Kitchen