John Nemeth Brings His Harmonica and Blues to UnTapped [VIDEO]
The harmonica is one of the best aspects of blues music. It’s so artful, simple, and so difficult to play. John Nemeth will bring his outstanding harp-playing to this year’s UnTapped Blues & Brews Festival presented by Mid Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram & Marine (at Exit 73 in Grandview).
Nemeth will play on Saturday, May 9, at 5:55 p.m. on the d’s Wicked Cider Main Stage. You’d never know this wonderful musician got his start in Boise, Idaho!
Here is great example of John’s talent playing “Country Boy” on this video:
Here is some more information about John Nemeth:
Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul-blues. But for John Nemeth, it’s where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that’s taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenage blues band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone. It’s where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of blues heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Nemeth’s first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America. The following summer, his first band, Fat John and the Three Slims, landed a steady gig performing outlaw country and Chicago blues covers at the Grubstake Saloon in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho—but the group was 86’ed from the town after their soon-to-be ex-drummer was caught mouthing off to drunken, angry loggers during the annual Loggers Day Festival. Unchastised, Nemeth and his band set their sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, they played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.”