Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.
This album is a testament to power with taste and restraint, dramatic dynamics through the use of space. Németh’s striking tenor vocals are already legendary, with a pitch-perfect purity of range and power that has drawn comparisons to soul singers from O.V. Wright to James Brown. He keeps that power under a tight leash, letting it rip at just the right places, using his voice to deliver and serve the song. Németh is also a very accomplished harmonica player who can boogie with the best of them, in various diatonic positions as well as on the mighty Chromatic harp, yet he plays relatively little on this record. What he plays are largely horn lines, trumpet-like staccato blasts that serve to create dramatic dynamic shifts, tension and release, all in service to the song, not the ego of the player. The few solos he delivers are concise, tasty and powerful.
FEELIN’ FREAKY was recorded at the Dickinson family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in Mississippi and Willie Mitchell’s legendary Royal Studios in Memphis. Németh’s touring band on their instruments and background vocals is at the heart of the recordings, along with musicians hand-picked to complement the individual tracks. John often works with horns, and Memphis players Marc Franklin (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Art Edmaiston (Tenor, Bari sax) deliver echoes of classic Memphis sound all over this record. Németh and Dickinson agreed that the B-3 Organ parts had to go to Charles Hodges, who contributed so much to the Hi Records sound on albums by the likes of Al Green and Ann Peebles. For extra depth and sweetness, they added strings by J. Kirkscey, B. Luscombe, J. Munson and P. Tsai.
A little history:
As a Boise, Idaho teenager in the early ‘90s, John Németh was drawn to the hard-edged hip hop sounds and rock bands of the day – but when a friend exposed him to Buddy Guy and Junior Wells’s classic “Hoodoo Man Blues,” he was hooked. John played harp and sang in local bands, often opening the show for nationally touring blues acts. John soon caught the ear of established blues musicians, and before long he was releasing his own CDs – THE JACK OF HARPS (2002) and COME AND GET IT (2004), featuring Junior Watson – and performing in Junior Watson’s band. John relocated to San Francisco in 2004, where he wound up doing a two-year stint with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, filling in for the ailing Sam Myers.
Németh immersed himself in the deep musical waters of the Bay area, absorbing more of the soul and funk grooves of what he calls “the early East Bay Grease sound” of San Francisco and Oakland bands. John’s reputation continued to grow, and he soon signed a recording contract with Blind Pig Records. His national debut for that label – MAGIC TOUCH (2007), produced by Anson Funderburgh and featuring Junior Watson on guitar – received an ecstatic response from fans and the media, and he was hailed as the new voice of the Blues. Living Blues Magazine enthused, “Magic Touch gives hope that the blues will survive.” In 2008 Németh was recruited by Elvin Bishop to do some performances and contribute four vocal tracks to his Grammy-nominated album THE BLUES ROLLS ON.
Németh released two more albums on the Blind Pig label – LOVE ME TONIGHT (2009), NAME THE DAY! (2010) – earning critical raves and strong sales, both hitting #6 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and beginning his long string of Blues Music Award nominations, numbering fourteen at last count. John also won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award – voted on by nearly 11,000 blues fans. John followed up with two independently released live albums, BLUES LIVE and SOUL LIVE in 2012.
In 2013 John relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where he quickly became a key player in the city’s rich musical scene. He teamed up with producer Scott Bomar and his classic Memphis Soul band, the Bo-Keys to create an album of revisited Soul classics, MEMPHIS GREASE (2014), on the Blue Corn label, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart. John won the 2104 Blues Music Award in the Soul Blues Male Artist category, and MEMPHIS GREASE took the prize for Soul Blues Album in 2015.
John Németh continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, taking the world by storm. He is currently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year . FEELIN’ FREAKY will be released in May 2017, on John’s own Memphis Grease label, and it’s already generating a firestorm among his devoted fans and the media.
Miss Erica Brown is a bona-fide Blueswoman. She has worked with some of the finest artists in the world, and has shared stages with such heavyweights as B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Janiva Magness, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd) Billy Branch, “Mud” Morganfield, and Debbie Davies, to name just a few.
In early May 2016, Erica was approached by Todd Park Mohr, also known as Big Head Todd, of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and was asked to “Lend Her Blues” to a track of Todd’s latest project for his side project “Big Head Blues Club”. The track was cut at E-Town Studio in Boulder, CO, and, along with Todd, also in attendance recording that day were Blues Giants Grammy Nominee Billy Branch, Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) and Chicago’s favorite son Ronnie Baker Brooks. The resulting Nationwide tour in Fall 2016 was a huge success! The accompanying CD effort, called “Way Down Inside-a tribute to Willie Dixon” is available on Pledge Music and iTunes!
in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, Erica has won the “Best Blues Singer-Female” Award from the Colorado Blues Society’s Members’ Choice Competition!
Some background on Erica:
From 1998-2008, as frontwoman for the Award-winning Erica Brown Band, Erica electrified audiences all over the Rocky Mountain region with the band’s brand of searing blues rock. The band won nearly every award the region offered, including Best Blues Band (Westword Magazine) Best Underground Blues Band (Denver Post) and The Rocky Mountain News’ Best of in the Blues Category. The band released two critically acclaimed CD’s, “Body Work” in 2000, and “Rough Cut Stone” in 2003.
Erica was dubbed “Denver’s Queen of the Blues”, a moniker that was used by the Altitude Network in their concert showcase feature “OnStage”, which was broadcast to five million households in ten western states in 2005.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, in 2011 she brought her Blues sensibility to seminal garage/punk band Barstool Messiah’s CD Bastards of Bacchus, as well as appearing in the legendary rap/punk band Warlock Pinchers’ Reunion Concert video, which also featured members of the Melvins.
In 2012 Erica was awarded the Five Points Jazz Festival’s Tribute Award for significant and lasting contributions to culture in the Five Points, Denver neighborhood and throughout the Region!
Erica’s credits include:
Erica’s musical resume is wide and varied, and not just limited to Blues! Her vocals were featured in the Sony Pictures movies, “The Fan”, with Wesley Snipes and Robert DeNiro in 1996, from her vocal contribution to Rock/Punk/Industrial pioneers Foreskin 500’s song “Deliver Me”. In 2006, she fronted the band and was the lead female vocalist of Foreskin 500 spinoff disco/electro/house music band Cherry Bomb Club, with the CD of the same name.
In 2000 and 2003, the Erica Brown Band released two critically acclaimed blues CD’s “Body Work” and “Rough Cut Stone” In 2005, she contributed to two tracks, and sang a duet with Soul legend Frankie Lee on Mr. Dan Treanor’s award-winning CD “African Wind” released by the Northern Blues Label. She lent her voice to tracks of the 2006 blues CD “Smoke and Mirrors” released by MojoHand Records. In 2008, Erica sang on the CDs “Beautiful Day” by Two-Time International Blues Challenge Winner Lionel Young, as well as stretching out into Americana on “Cipher” the internationally acclaimed CD by Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. She also contributed to a track on Rock Genius Xiren’s CD “Trip-R”. In 2011 and 2012, Erica laid her blues down on several tracks of Denver favorites Barstool Messiah’s CD’s “Bastards of Bacchus” and “Thirteen”, as well as contributing backup vocals to “Messiah Complex” the 2011 CD by Spools of Dark Thread’s frontman Chris Thomas.
In 2013, Erica’s effort with Dan’ Treanor’s Afrosippi Band, “Tangled Road” garnered the Band 3rd Place Honors in the International Blues Challenge sponsored by the Blues Foundation! That, along with the new CD, “Tangled Road Again” has Erica and Afrosippi on everybody’s front burner!! Erica is a busy lady, and shows no signs of slowing down!!
(From the Norman Jackson Band's Website)
Soul + Love = Blues
Every show, every city, every day our mission is to bring you the REAL Blues and make sure you forget all your problems, daily struggles, cares and smile. We are family and accept the role each of us have to play and we invite you to join the family and come experience how to "Get Your Happy On"!
Ranked 3rd in the World at the 2016 International Blues Challenge Finals, “The Soul Machine” Norman Jackson and his groove inducing love producing band guarantees that when they play the Blues you will, “Get Your Happy On!” Norman is the genuine article, growing up on the south side of Chicago, he was taught the Blues from the true giants in Blues and Soul. Norman began to apprentice his saxophonist, Rick Shortt from the age of 12, who is now the turbine engine of the band playing lead on saxophone. Along with the rock steady rhythm section of Danny Williams and “The Boogie Man”, the "Baddest Soul Band in the Land” will take you on a journey with stories from their lives on a road filled with laughter and showmanship laced with virtuoso mastery that will make everyone “Get Down and Get Happy”!
The band enjoyed a banner year in 2016 playing Blues festivals around the United States and is already booked in 2017 to play major festivals and showcases from New York to New Mexico along with Europe and Israel in November.
Norman was born in Canton Ohio and was raised in Detroit and the south side of Chicago. He was heavily influenced by his mother who sang with famous gospel singers such as the Reverend James Cleveland. It was not abnormal for Norman to hear his mother singing in the kitchen with the great Sam Cooke. At a young age Norman began to play the guitar upside down because he is left handed. He was heavily influenced by the greatest bluesmen that played in the neighborhood or that stayed in the motel behind his home when they traveled through town. From BB King to Albert King, they all had a hand in his unique style that will make you bellow, “Ain’t no groove like a Norman Jackson groove”! Norman has sang with the Chilites, George Clinton and many famous blues, gospel and soul acts. Norman has lived the Blues and as he says, “By the time I’m done singing about me, you’ll leave here feeling good”! Years of struggles with addiction and life’s challenges penned his long and winding journey. He is proudly sober for 10 years and loves to spread the word to young people that they can reach their dreams by being sober and living for true happiness. Norman Jackson, “The Soul Machine” is the genuine article that has become nearly extinct today. The magic of his voice, his thoughtful yet hilarious storytelling through song and his powerful grooving guitar are unlike any you’ve ever heard. There is only one Norman Jackson and you’ll never forget him or his amazing voice.
Rick began to play the saxophone at a young age and fell in love with the Blues. At the age of 12, he passed by the window of a local pub where he saw Norman performing through the glass and dreamt of one day playing alongside the iconic soul man. Rick would go on to play with different versions of Norman’s band throughout his youth. He always loved the saxophone greats of Jazz but he was more drawn to study and form his unique style of playing and performing from the likes of King Curtis, Junior Wells and Rod Piazza. In 2012 he returned
permanently to form the current Norman Jackson Band. He complements the bands smooth soul with a sting of Rock and Blues. Rarely is a saxophone the lead instrument in a Blues acts, but Rick holds that position with confidence as he solos playing behind his back, on his knees or atop the highest obstacle in the room . Rick’s wild showmanship has earned him the moniker, “The Madman of the Blues”. Rick regards Norman as his “Soul Daddy” and the relationship between this father and son as well as student and teacher is evident on stage.
As Norman Jackson’s nephew, “The Boogieman” was born and bred to play drums in his band. From an early age he took interest in playing the drums while tapping rhythms out with kitchen utensils while his mother’s gospel group practiced in their home. Ron has always been surrounded by deep grooving music and this is etched in his tasteful playing. Hailing from the “Cadillac Assembly Line” in Detroit Michigan, Ron’s approach to playing is different than most. He prides himself on honing in on the other members of the band and intuitively following them creating climaxes and dynamic changes as he drives the beat.
As Norman reminds everyone, “No matter what happens, if anything goes wrong… it’s the drummers fault”. The playful relationship that the band has together is no more apt than with the drummer. He accepts his role as the band’s favorite target and does so with his signature smile. Perhaps he knows something that everyone else does not.
Danny’s beginnings were in the musical hot stove of St Louis, Missouri. Raised within a musical family, he cut his teeth in a band with his brother and father. For years he was a mainstay on the St. Louis scene. He moved south to start a new life as overcame years of alcohol addiction. He promised his mother that he would make her proud as he began a new life. He met Norman while attending a church that Norman served as a registered minister at. Soon they became close and Danny was welcomed into the band family.
Danny’s quiet demeanor and calculated approach has earned him the nickname, “Slow Motion”, but never doubt his ability to hold down the groove and serve as the band’s bottom end. He and Ron create one of the tightest rhythm sections you will ever see.
Alex Wilson grew up in a family of talented musicians.
Alex’s grandmother, Rosa Saviano was a renowned professional jazz singer in Chicago in the 1940′s and 50′s. Tom Wilson, Alex’s father, is a multi-faceted musician who has had the distinct pleasure of accompanying nearly every blues performer to pass through the Milwaukee/Chicago music scene in the last thirty years. Marc Wilson, Alex’s uncle AND drummer, is one of the most sought after drummers in the country. He’s played with B.B.King, Big Walter Horton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Susan Tedeschi, Anson Funderburgh and Sam Meyers to name but a few.
Alex picked up the guitar at five years old and never put it down. Immersed in the Milwaukee blues scene, Alex was surrounded, and influenced by such local luminaries as Stokes, Lee Gates, Jim Liban and Milwaukee Slim.
Alex formed his own garage band at thirteen. By seventeen he began to dig deep into the blues, learning the songs and styles of masters such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Magic Sam.
At seventeen Alex began playing professionally and by twenty-one he had joined Milwaukee’s Blue Rubies and was performing regionally while still playing part-time with his own band. Playing up to 25 gigs a month, Wilson honed and sharpened his skills as a singer/songwriter, guitar player and over all entertainer.
In ’05 and ’06 Alex began to focus solely on his own project, booking shows, finding his own sound and the right players from the mid-west music scene to take his show on the road.
With Alex’s uncle Marc Wilson on the drums, and Alex’s brother Matthew singing harmonies and playing bass, Alex is running with one of the toughest bands on the scene today. It’s no surprise that they won the 2007 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award for blues group/artist of the year. After playing a series of shows for the Chinese New Year in Beijing with Grammy nominated blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, Alex returned to the states to find himself a triple nominee for the WAMI Awards in 2008 and winner of the award for guitarist of the year…and then winning again in 2009 and 2011 for Blues Artist. In 2010 he was the recipient of the peoples choice award and was chosen to represent his local blues society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2011 along with 130 other bands from all over the world. Alex and his band ended up finishing in the top 8 in the IBC finals at The Orpheum Theater.
A versatile musician, Alex effortlessly switches between genres. He plays everything from sweet Beale Street blues to West coast swing. From hard Texas grinders to stone cold Chicago grooves with a feeling that’s said to be timeless. Alex’s style and tasty originals matched with his undeniable stage presence and unmistakable guitar style will drive you to the dance floor.
His long-awaited and freshly nominated debut CD, Tell Me Why, has been released on “Rathskeller Records”.
To say that Alex Wilson is one to look out for down the road is an understatement. Taking the Midwest by storm, this young musician is a force to be reckoned with.
Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark Cameron has been active in live music for over thirty years. Mark began his performing career in the rich folk-rock scene of the early 1970’s and brought this influence into several bands he founded during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today Mark’s focus is centered on crafting original Blues songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics. The range of Mark’s material stretches the Blues beyond safe limits with a focus on “foot stompin, butt shakin” music that is built for a live audience.
After five studio releases in the 1980’s and 90’s, Mark turned his focus to the Blues with “Life of Illusion” in 2009. The song “Boxcar Blues” became an instant classic and packs the dance floor at live performances every time. In 2011 Mark released the ambitious project “Built to Bust” which featured the hipster-swing classic “Do Lovin Right” and the Chicago-Blues romp “Tough all over”. Mark’s newest release “One way ride to the Blues” is already a strong seller worldwide in its first month of release. The Mark Cameron Band is consistently a top finisher in Blues competitions over the past several years and was featured on the 2012 Minnesota Blues All-Stars album. The Mark Cameron Band made over 40 appearances during 2013 at nightclubs, concerts and festivals throughout the USA.
Known as a charismatic front man and soulful guitarist, Mark engages his audience directly in live performances and delivers his original compositions with a mix of sincerity, honesty and often a touch of humor. He is equally at home on acoustic or electrified instruments and retains producer credits on all of his recorded projects. Marks vocal range stretches from basement baritone to full-on growl and his original lyrics draw the listener in and paint a picture of the many worlds within the Blues.
Mark is joined onstage by Sheri Cameron on flute and percussion,Dan Schroeder on drums, Scott “Thunder” Lundberg on Bass and Bill “the Killer” Keyes on Harmonica.
For more information please visit our website: www.markcameronmusic.net