A young up-and-comer on the scene. Still in his 30s, award-winning blues/soul singer and harmonica player John Németh has already earned fame and acclaim in the blues world for his enthusiastic style on stage, his virtuosic flair, and his knowledge of classic blues and roots music.
A bluesman from Idaho? Németh grew up in Boise, Idaho, playing in local rock bands as a teenager. His first serious Boise group was a bluesy combo called Fat John and the 3 Slims. In 2002, he started singing and blowing the harp with the Junior Watson Band. He quickly gained notoriety as a top-notch blues harmonica player. Veteran bandleader Anson Funderburgh took notice and enlisted Németh into his band, the Rockets. By 2004, Németh was settled in San Francisco.
He landed successfully on Blind Pig. Over the last five years, Németh has recorded his own material for the famous blues label Blind Pig. His soulful 2007 debut, Magic Touch, was produced by Funderburgh and featured Watson on guitar. Németh followed in 2010 with Name the Day. During his career with Blind Pig, Németh has headlined major music festivals around the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia. He recently gigged with Elvin Bishop and Buddy Guy. His show at Home Team BBQ could be one of the big highlights of Piccolo's blues series. The venue hosts a meet-and-greet with Németh at 7 p.m. The rockin' boogie and blues starts at 9:30 p.m.
T. Ballard Lesemann