Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with his dazzling national debut album, Magic Touch, John Németh has wowed critics and audiences alike with his riveting vocals and harmonica prowess. The dynamic soul sensation continues to reinvigorate vintage American rhythm and blues with his uncanny ability to skillfully blend retro and modern blues and soul into compelling music that is simultaneously old and new.
Drawing on the classic blues, soul, and R&B influences that inform his stunning vocal style, John lays down a set of tunes that wouldn't sound a bit out of place in the golden years of Memphis or Muscle Shoals. His spine-tingling vocals, with echoes of the toughness of James Brown and the tenderness of Solomon Burke, infuse his music with a funky, soulful feeling.
John's origins seem an unlikely breeding ground for such an impressive blues talent. A native of Boise, Idaho, he started playing in local bands as a teenager after a high school classmate exposed him to the blues, playing John a copy of Junior Wells' "Snatch It Back and Hold It." "I had never heard anything like it," Németh told Blues Revue, "I listened to that song and the record Hoodoo Man Blues for hours."
His national debut album, Magic Touch, featuring Junior Watson on guitar, was released in 2007 to instant acclaim and immediately established John as an up and coming star to be reckoned with. Blues Revue called the release "one of the most exciting blues debuts of the past year.” Magic Touch also garnered a 2008 Blues Music Awards nomination in the "Best New Artist Debut" category. More recently, John won two Blues Blast Music Awards - for "Best New Artist Debut Recording" and "Sean Costello Rising Star Award" - voted on by nearly 11,000 blues fans.
With his remarkable command of classic soul and love of the blues shining throughout, John Németh's has proven to be a singer of the highest order. Catch John Németh at the Lyric’s Flagler Center now, on his meteoric rise to superstardom.
“Hands down the toughest young harp player I’ve ever heard.” R.J. Mischo
“Boy! John Németh can really belt it out!” Charlie Musslewhite
“John Németh’s voice is a national treasure.” Junior Watson
“Either John Németh is one of the greatest vocalists in the world or this was the best performance of his life, or both.” Bob Horn, Washington Blues Society
“John Németh is a natural-born Bluesman, and he proves it with every note he sings, shaping each one with emotion, taste and inspiration. John’s expressive Blues harp playing answers his voice and fulfills his songs when he solos. John Németh makes it sound easy.” Bob Margolin
John Németh is sponsored by Hohner Harmonicas.
The Lyric's Flagler Center
The Lyric’s Flagler Center is located at 201 SW Flagler Avenue, in the former Flagler Park Recreation Center. The Lyric’s Flagler Center is a versatile multi-purpose venue that can be easily transformed into a black box theater, a dance club, a dinner theatre or an intimate concert setting. The Center is owned by the City of Stuart and is operated by the Lyric Theatre. The venue is available for rent for everything from meetings to weddings; it will accommodate up to 370 people. For rental information, call 772-220-1942, ext. 216.
Ticketing for Flagler Center performances is handled through the Lyric Theatre box office at 772- 286-7827 or online at www.lyrictheatre.com.