J.B. Beverley was born in Virginia in 1977. Reared in a musical household, Beverley grew up on early country, bluegrass, rockabilly, big band, and various forms of old time blues. By his teens, the punk bug had bit, and nights at DC's 9:30 Club, and other haunts, became the norm. Learning the drums and guitar, J.B. formed his first band THE BAD HABITS in 1993. An old-school punk sound, rooted in influences like The Misfits, FEAR, Black Flag, and Motörhead, the Bad Habits (three different incarnations) made an small name for themselves in the DC area until calling it a day in 1996.
With the Bad Habits gone, Beverley drifted around off and on. Working odd jobs and traveling by bus and freight train, J.B. began writing old time country blues songs and busking on various street corners to get by. He soon began commuting between the Washington DC area and New York City in 1998 when he became the front-man for The MURDER JUNKIES, former band of the late GG Allin. The gig lasted over a year, but ended when Beverley found himself at odds with the law back in the DC area.
In 1999, after dealing with the legal issues, J.B. spent several months in Florida compiling his country blues songs, and re-learning some old standards. He emerged back in the DC area at the end of the year with his honky-tonk outfit J.B. BEVERLEY & THE WAYWARD DRIFTERS. What started as occasional shows quickly grew into local and regional performances around the beginning of 2000.
In the fall of 2002, J.B. formed another punk rock band in the same vein as the Bad Habits called The LITTLE WHITE PILLS. Reminiscent of the Bad Habits, the Little White Pills were a heavier, more refined band, with a rough edge and some mature playing. The Little White Pills released a a four song demo and self-produced CD in 2003 called "Live At The Velvet Lounge". They also did a summer tour that year and played like crazy up and down the east coast until J.B. rejoined the Murder Junkies to hit the road late in 2004. It was also that year that the Wayward Drifters released a self-produced CD entitled "Highball", and a follow-up live bootleg called "Live From The Heartland". Soon after, the Wayward Drifters launched a national spring tour called "The American Highball Tour", and spent most of the summer touring with friend Hank Williams III. They immediately hit the studio after the tour and recorded their debut studio CD "Dark Bar & A Juke Box" for HELLTRAIN RECORDS. The CD was met with rave reviews and praise from all over the world, and the band toured virtually non-stop in support of it for the next three years.
In 2008, Beverley opened REBEL ROOTS STUDIO in the back of his home in Richmond, VA and begin working on not only the follow-up Wayward Drifters release, but other projects as well. In June of 2009, J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters released their sophomore CD "Watch America Roll By" to overwhelmingly positive reviews in not only the U.S. but Europe as well, and J.B. found time to record the likes of The Idle Americans, The Little White Pills, Jayke Orvis, Owen Mays, Blind Joe, Ghostdance, and others. Early in 2010, the Wayward Drifters toured Europe for the first time, and J.B. began working on his first feature film ("Dead Man's Holler"), and an autobiography titled "Chase Down These Blues: Ten Years Of Hardcore Honky-Tonkin' With The Wayward Drifters". He also begin working on his first ever solo CD, tentatively titled "Stripped To The Root", which is scheduled to come out on Farmagedddon Records in 2012. He currently lives in North Carolina when not on tour, where he runs Rebel Roots Productions from his country home just south of the Virginia border.