With his James Brown sense of soul and harmonica in hand, John Németh has grooved his way to the top of the Blues charts. The Memphis based artist cut his teeth backing renowned artists like Anson Funderburgh, Junior Watson and Elvin Bishop, but soon ventured out on his own, self-releasing his first two records, The Jacks of Harps and Come and Get It. Now, 15 years and a bunch of albums later, he’s his own tough act to follow—his last release, Memphis Grease, won the Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album in 2015.
But if anyone’s up to the challenge, it’s Németh, who calls his upcoming, ninth release, Feelin’ Freaky, “a huge milestone in [his] career. “Feelin’ Freaky,” he adds, “is an all-original album from the deepest reaches of my bag, produced by Luther Dickinson and performed by the Blue Dreamers along with the grooviest staples of the Memphis Scene.” Németh and his Blue Dreamers (Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar) spent time on their home turf at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis, but also followed producer Dickinson to his family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in Mississippi to cut the record. The record, which comes out on Memphis Grease Records, also features Marc Franklin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Art Edmaiston on sax, Charles Hodges on B-3 Organ and J. Kirkscey, B. Luscombe, J. Munson and P. Tsai on strings.
Today, Elmore is premiering the video for the album’s title track, “Feelin’ Freaky.” The video features the guys rocking out to the funky tune, colored with a hazy filter that gives the shoot a vintage vibe. “Feelin’ Freaky” rushes out of the gate with a pulsing guitar hook. “Forget the rules… set your freaky free,” Németh beckons in his soulful tenor, launching into one of his legendary harmonica solos. The camera glides and jumps around the eclectic garage to show Németh bumping and grinding and high kicking as his guitar players rock along. It’s no doubt that Németh and the Blue Dreamers’ live shows must be one wild—and freaky—affair, indeed.
Follow John on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and head to his website for more info and a full list of tour dates. Pre-Order Feelin Freaky here to get an instant download track. Check out the video for “Feelin’ Freaky” and a list of April tour dates below.
April Tour Dates
4/14 Nashville, TN Sambuca
4/15 Nashville, TN Sambuca
4/21 Topeka, KS Uncle Bo’s
4/22 Kansas City, MO Knucklehead’s
4/23 Des Moines, IA Noce Jazz Cabaret
4/26 Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar
4/27 Omaha, NE Chrome Lounge
4/28 Minneapolis, MN Famous Dave’s
4/29 Chicago, IL Buddy Guy’s Legends