John Nemeth
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John Nemeth
John Ne;meth
Born (1975-03-10) March 10, 1975 (age 43)
Boise, Idaho, United States
Genres Electric blues, blue-eyed soul[1]
Harmonicist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Harmonica, vocals
Early 1990s-present
Labels Blind Pig, CD Baby
Junior Watson
Anson Funderburgh
Elvin Bishop
The Bo-Keys

John Ne;meth (born March 10, 1975)[2] is an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. He has recorded nine solo albums since 2002, having also backed Junior Watson, Anson Funderburgh and Elvin Bishop.[1] He has opened for Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', and Earl Thomas.[3]

Allmusic noted that he is a "vocalist with great range, ability, and soulfulness, Ne;meth had also developed into a top-notch blues harmonica player..."[1] In 2013 alone, he was nominated five times for a Blues Music Award, making nine such nominations in total.[4]


Ne;meth was born in Boise, Idaho, United States.[2] After singing at his local church, Ne;meth played in local groups in his teenage years, and later formed Fat John & the 3 Slims with his friend Tom Moore. He toured and performed regularly working between five and seven nights a week for almost a decade.[5]

By 2000, Ne;meth was supplying backing to Junior Watson, and separately fronting his own band known as The Jacks.[1] In 2002, he self-published the album, The Jack of Harps. His debut solo effort, Come and Get It, followed in 2004.[1] The same year, Ne;meth relocated to Oakland, California.[6][7] Gaining more experience, he temporarily replaced Sam Myers in Anson Funderburgh's backing band in 2005 and 2006.[3]

In 2006, he signed a recording contract with Blind Pig Records. Magic Touch, which was produced by Funderburgh and had Watson as a guest musician on several tracks, was issued in 2007.[1]Living Blues stated "Magic Touch gives hope that the blues will survive." The release saw Ne;meth nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best New Artist Debut' category. Ne;meth also appeared on Elvin Bishop's The Blues Roles On album (2008), which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.[6] Ne;meth performed at the Blue Bear Live III concert on May 9, 2008 at the Great American Music Hall, to benefit the Blue Bear School of Music.[8] Ne;meth's next release, Love Me Tonight (2009), reached number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.[9]

Ne;meth's fourth solo release, Name the Day!, was released in 2010.[1] It equalled the achievement of Love Me Tonight by peaking at number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.[9]Blues Live was recorded in February 2012 at three venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and included guitar contributions from Kid Andersen.[10]Soul Live was released in September 2012.[11] In December 2012, Ne;meth appeared at the PowerHouse Pub in Folsom, California.[12] The following February, he performed in his home town of Boise.[13]

In 2013, Ne;meth was nominated in five categories for a Blues Music Award. These included 'B.B. King Entertainer', 'Contemporary Blues Album', 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica', 'Soul Blues Album', and 'Soul Blues Male Artist'.[14] Ne;meth performed at the Great Lakes Blues Society in April; the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in May; and the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival in August 2013.[15] He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in early 2013, and has stated that the Bo-Keys will back him on his next recording.[16] In 2014, he won a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year' category.[17]


Year Title Record label
2002 The Jack of Harps[18]
John Ne;meth and the Jacks
Self published
2004 Come and Get It Self published
2007 Magic Touch Blind Pig
2009 Love Me Tonight Blind Pig
2010 Name the Day! Blind Pig
2012 Soul Live CD Baby
2012 Blues Live CD Baby
2014 Memphis Grease Blue Corn Music
2017 Feelin' Freaky Memphis Grease


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Leggett, Steve. "John Nemeth - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b Hildebrand, Lee. "John Ne;meth's Blues Explosion". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "John Nemeth". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "John Nemeth". 2013-02-16. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Interview with Blues Singer John Nemeth". 2012-04-09. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b "Blind Pig Records". Blind Pig Records. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Hildebrand, Lee. "John Nemeth | CD Reviews". East Bay Express. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Blue Bear Live III: A Youth Music Education Benefit - Blue Bear School of Music". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ a b John Nemeth. "John Nemeth - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "John Nemeth | Blues Live | CD Baby Music Store". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Soul Live - John Nemeth : Releases". AllMusic. 2012-09-07. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "John Nemeth at PowerHouse Pub - Sacramento Bee". 2012-12-02. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Morgan, Tara. "John Nemeth Returns to Boise | Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Egyptian Theatre | Listen Here". Boise Weekly. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "John Ne;meth Tour Dates 2013 -- John Ne;meth Concert Dates and Tickets". Songkick. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ Deeds, Michael. "Michael Deeds: John Nemeth, Louis CK, Alan Jackson are coming to Boise | Michael Deeds". Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "The Jack of Harps - John Nemeth and the Jacks : Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved . 

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