Singer, songwriter and harmonica man John Carey is a long-time veteran
of funky rhythm and blues, from the Eleventh Hour Band to the powerhouse JOHN
CAREY BAND of New Orleans. John Carey and his band are well known throughout
the southern club circuit for their unique sound which brings New Orleans
funk and R&B together with the sounds of Memphis Soul and Chicago Blues. In
the past, Carey has shared the stage with blues legends like James Cotton,
Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley and Junior Wells.
Active in the New Orleans music scene, the JOHN CAREY BLUES SUMMIT, a
weekly jam session at Vic’s , is a favorite Tuesday night activity for local
musicians and Blues fans. On Wednesday night, the JOHN CAREY BLUES PARTY
takes place at the HARD ROCK CAFE and features some of the top names in Blues
today. On March 9th 2001 at the Kentucky Theater of Arts, a New Orleans Blues
Summit took place with John Carey, Chris Thomas King and Henry Butler.The
show was SOLD OUT and broadcast LIVE on National Public Radio.
Carey’s 1998 release, HOT FOR LOUISIANA, features his funky rhythmic
harp playing with such notable backing musicians as George Porter Jr.
(Meters), Joe Krown (Gatemouth Brown), and the Memphis Horns.The tune “People
You Love”, from HOT FOR LOUISIANA, is also included on the Louisiana Red Hot
Records compilation, Blues ~ The Language Of New Orleans. BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
said, “Like Dr. John, Carey splits his musical time between classic Crescent
City rhumboogie and brassy contemporary funk-blues, often combining the two
with good results.”
Carey’s latest effort, NEW ORLEANS BLUES REUNION, features Carey’s harp
playing, backed by the Carey Brothers, (John’s sons), and New Orleans funk
percussion monster, Big Chief Smiley Ricks (Dr. John). Both CDs highlight
Carey’s emergence as one of New Orleans’ finest songwriters and shows why
John Carey is on the Lee Oskar Harmonica’s “Preferred Players List”, and is
also an “Endorsed Player” by Peavey Electronics and KJL Amplifiers.