John Németh (born March 10, 1975)[2] is an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received five Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist, Soul Blues Album, Traditional Blues Album of the Year, Instrumentalist – Vocals and Instrumentalist – Harmonica. He has recorded ten 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][4]

AllMusic noted that he is a "vocalist with great range, ability, and soulfulness, Németh 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.[5]

Early life and education

Németh was born in Boise, Idaho, United States.[2] After singing at his local church, Németh 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.[6]


By 2000, Németh 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, Németh relocated to Oakland, California.[7][8] 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 Németh nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best New Artist Debut' category. Németh 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.[7] Németh 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.[9] Németh's next release, Love Me Tonight (2009), reached number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.[10]

Németh'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.[10] Blues Live was recorded in February 2012 at three venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and included guitar contributions from Kid Andersen.[11] Soul Live was released in September 2012.[12] In 2020, Németh signed with Nola Blue Records.[13] His album, Stronger Than Strong, was released on October 16, 2020.[14]


In 2013, Németh 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'.[15] Németh 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.[16] He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in early 2013, and has stated that the Bo-Keys will back him on his next recording.[17] In 2014, he won a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year' category.[18] He was nominated again in the 'B.B. King Entertainer' category for the 42nd Blues Music Awards, scheduled to take place on June 6, 2021.[19] In 2023, Nemeth won the 'Instrumentalist – Harmonica' category at the Blues Music Awards, alongside May Be the Last Time being named the 'Traditional Blues Album of the Year'.[20]


YearTitleRecord label
2002The Jack of Harps[21]
John Németh and the Jacks
Self published
2004Come and Get ItSelf published
2007Magic TouchBlind Pig
2009Love Me TonightBlind Pig
2010Name the Day!Blind Pig
2012Soul LiveCD Baby
2012Blues LiveCD Baby
2014Memphis GreaseBlue Corn Music
2017Feelin' FreakyMemphis Grease
2020Stronger Than StrongNola Blue
2022May Be the Last TimeNola Blue
2023Live From the Fallout ShelterNola Blue


See also


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  2. ^ a b Hildebrand, Lee (25 February 2009). "John Németh's Blues Explosion". East Bay Express. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "John Nemeth". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  4. ^ "John Nemeth returns to Groove City Studio". Dorchester Banner. July 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "John Nemeth". 2013-02-16. Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  6. ^ "Interview with Blues Singer John Nemeth". 2012-04-09. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  7. ^ a b "Blind Pig Records". Blind Pig Records. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  8. ^ Hildebrand, Lee (8 August 2012). "John Nemeth – CD Reviews". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  9. ^ "Blue Bear Live III: A Youth Music Education Benefit – Blue Bear School of Music". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  10. ^ a b John Nemeth. "John Nemeth – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  11. ^ "John Nemeth – Blues Live – CD Baby Music Store". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  12. ^ "Soul Live – John Nemeth : Releases". AllMusic. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  13. ^ "Nola Blue Records signs John Németh". PRLog. 2020-07-31. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  14. ^ "Stronger Than Strong – John Németh | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees 2013 – 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  16. ^ "John Németh Tour Dates 2013 — John Németh Concert Dates and Tickets". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  17. ^ Deeds, Michael. "Michael Deeds: John Nemeth, Louis CK, Alan Jackson are coming to Boise – Michael Deeds". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  18. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  19. ^ McKay, Robin. "BLUES MUSIC AWARDS". Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  20. ^ Grein, Paul (May 12, 2023). "Tommy Castro Repeats as Entertainer of the Year at 2023 Blues Music Awards: Full Winners List". Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  21. ^ "The Jack of Harps – John Nemeth and the Jacks : Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-26.

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