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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/5/20

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 11/05/2020

Rock On! This Week"I really don't have a whole lot to complain about, the bills are paid and so is the rent," says an always jovial John Nemeth."I'm very excited that my new record released and I've been signing records all day, everyday and getting them out to the post office; so things are grand and I'm lovin' it!"

Growing up in Idaho, one wouldn't think that blues, soul and R & B music was prevelent; neither did Nemeth. He, like many others his age were drawn to harder rock and hip-hop but one album and one experience changed his direction. 

"Hoodoo Man Blues" is one of my all-time favorite records," he said as if it was still as new today as it was back then."That was one of the very first four piece blues band records that was all cut live on the floor; it was a complete record. I heard that in high school and man, that really got a hold of me. A big part of this album; you'll really hear the Junior Wells influence because I've done every song off of Junior Wells records in my live performances as a kid. There's a lot of that really cool haunting kind of blues harmonica stuff on the record; I love the way it turned out." 

"The record" as he said, is now out and comes after his last effort, "Feelin' Freaky" which was released in 2017. Nemeth is very excited about this one which he says is a, "Scaled down" work. 

"We have 12 tracks and the record is called, "Stronger Than Strong;" I keep'em coming. There's just so much to write about and my creative juices are always flowin.' I'm always thinking of writing a song, always thinking of a chord progression to go with one so, the wheels just never stop turning and I think it's a great combination that you've all come to expect. I think this one; some of my albums lean a little more on R & B and soul but I think this one leans a little more on the blues. Also, on this record there is a scaled down band; in the past I've used big horn sections and strings, bells and whistles when I want to on certain songs but this album has a power trio backing me up. These young cats, man they are hot and in tune with what's going on and the sound is hip. They are all in their 20's; the guitar player is only 19 years old and he is a phenom, he is a prodigy. He is the next big Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughn coming up through the ranks and all of these guys knew my music. Before I forget to mention, the guitar player, his name is Jon Hay and he was born in Cherry Hill, South Jersey; what a player, he's just incredible. These guys had seen me perform many times and some of them even sat in with me near the cities that they live in and then one by one they all hit me up for a job. They came at me and said, hey man if you're looking for a guitar player or if you're looking for a drummer or a bass player give me a shout. I was familiar with their playing and they all hit me up at the right time and shoot, they all moved to Memphis to cut records and tour with me."



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Given the current situation and limitations (or perhaps restrictions is a better choice of words) on tours and gatherings; how does an artist such as Nemeth who especially enjoys being on the road plan on promoting the new album? Actually; why did he choose now to release it? 

"I didn't want to wait any longer; I cut the album in December of last year and was set to release it in the spring time but then COVID hit and the record pressing plants and CD manufacturers were shut down. I had it mastered and that wasn't a big deal because most of those guys work alone but any of those big factories and outlets that make all of these records were shut down so I had to wait and then they pushed everything back. So, all of a sudden it wasn't just weeks or a month before you could get your vinyl and stuff; it was months to get it back. This pushed the record back to October and everyone was telling me, hey just wait, don't put your record out now; you can't tour behind it, but hey man, I make records for now and for my fans to listen to them and I think right now that the fans need something fresh. So, I decided to put the record out and that's what I'm doing; the fans are jumping on it and I'm just as happy as I can be." 

Nemeth says that, "The pre-sales have been fantastic," and that the album comes in various ways; something he enjoys. 

"Limited edition gold vinyl, it's 140-gram vinyl but with gold it's 141-gram gold vinyl; there is a gram of gold in every record," he said with a large laugh." It was available and I said, OK cool, I'll do that; they had silver too and that looked really good and they had platinum, green, red and all these different colors. I think it would be great to have a gold record these days; since streaming is so popular not as many people buy records like they used to but that's where it's at man. Sittin' down and listening to a record; since this whole COVID thing has gone down I've  probably listened to over a thousand records since March. One time, this great record collector named Paul lent me his record collection; I had like 20,000 records in my house besides my stuff (laughs). That made it so hard to get out of town to go on tour because I'd just sit around my house and listen to my records all day and I kind of miss that. I have to listen to my records with headphones or after the kids go to bed because we have virtual school going on (laughs). When I moved to San Francisco I gave them back to him because I was moving to an apartment and I couldn't store all that stuff and still have a wife so I brought it back to his house and he said, "Oh no;" I don't think he wanted them back (laughs)."

"Stronger Than Strong" includes two covers among the 12 tracks and Nemeth is not shy about discussing several of his favorite selections.

"Bars," is probably some of my best songwriting ever and then there is "Guess Who." That's a Jesse Belvin tune, I performed that song for B.B. King's funeral show here in Memphis. Oh my God was that ever an experience; I mean B.B King here in Memphis, wow. I fell in love with that song after doing it so I had to do my own rendition because I have to do things my own way. I completely reworked the whole song, it's amazing and there is killer guitar work on it too; what an ode to B.B. King that John Hay played on that track. I wrote all but two songs on the album and I love listening to it; it's cut all analog too. We cut it to a tape machine, it's six tracks and it's amazing. The engineer is a big-time cat; Grammy and Emmy Award winning cat named Scott Bomar. There was a review that was just put out of the record and it said, "Stronger Than Strong" is a record for everyone." 

Nemeth truly has something for everyone, his music is always"Stronger Than Strong" and given his list of awards and nominations accompanied by multiple stops on various blues and Billboard Charts; whether he is"Scaled down"or full boar he is a force to reckon with. 

To discover more about John Nemeth or Jon Hay, drummer Danny Banks and bassist Matt Wilson, also known as The Blue Dreamers, please visit www.johnnemeth.com . 

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

 


This week's event listings

 


Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. "First Fridays" w/ Cara Cartney 
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney
All Shows 21+


Candlelight Lounge     
24 Passaic Street Trenton     
(609) 695-9612     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet) 
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)     


Championship Bar   
931 Chambers street Trenton   
(609) 396-5457  
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb   
Ages 21+


Clubhouse at Mountain View  
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing  
(609) 771-0400  
Fri. 6 p.m. Kindred Spirt "The Duo"


COARadio.com     
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Peter Veteska & Blues Train


Cooper's Riverview 
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton 
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 8 p.m. Deep Release
Fri. 7 p.m. Journey Tribute w/ "Highway Run"
Sat. 7 p.m. Spare Parts
Mon. 7 p.m. "Sunny Monday Blues Jam"  and Country Music Party
Tues. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
All Events Ages 21+


Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Fri. 6 p.m. Eddie from Nothing But A Nightmare
Sat.  4 p.m. Brian Elliot
Sun. 4 p.m. Rachel & Ty


Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Fri. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey


Grounds For Sculpture   
80 Sculptors way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0616    
Thurs. 10 a.m. "Garden Stories"


Hamilton Tap & Grill  
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton  
(609) 905-0925  
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke                                                                                        
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Country Night. $5


Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Thurs. 5 p.m. Modern Rewind
Fri. 5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Deb & Mike
Sat. (1 p.m.) Acoustic DuOver (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Craig Leach & Friends
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Mark Feingold Group


Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6 p.m. George Dearn
Sat. 6 p.m. Budd & Maggs
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave


Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Fri. 7 p.m. "Vineyard Vibes October Music Series on the Lawn" feat. Shorty Long. $20 (advance)
Sat. 11 a.m. "For The Love of Fall and Wine" feat. (11:30 a.m.) Dan & Nicole (3 p.m.) American Beauty (6:30 p.m.) Tone Rangers 
Sun. 11:30 a.m. "For The Love of Fall and Wine" feat. (12 p.m.) Shore Syde Duo (4 p.m.) Gary Philips
Wed. 12 p.m. "Girls Night Out" 


McGuinn's Place     
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence     
(609) 392-0599     
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Oregano Records Presents: "Artist Showcase"
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Ages 21+   


Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Sat. 12 p.m. "Painting with a Sloth"


New Hope Winery    
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 794-2331   
Fri. 8 p.m. "Classic Stones Live" 
Sun. 1 p.m. Ed Wall (at The Pour House Bar)


Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Sat. 12 p.m. "Breeder's Cup Party" 
Sun. 11 a.m. "Box and Brews"


Odd Logic Brewing Co.
500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. 90's Trivia
Sun. 3 p.m. Mike & Jake


Old Hights Brewing
123 West ward Street Hightstown
(609) 469-5976
Thurs. 5 p.m. Love & Duffy


Old Town Pub     
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 291-9232    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia   


Palmer Square
Nassau Street Princeton 
Sat.12 p.m. Strictly 60's 


Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"   


Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ari & Chet


Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres


Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza
10 Schalks Crossing Road Plainsboro
(609) 799-4554
Sat. 6:30 p.m. The Blue -Eyed Balladeer


Rossi's Bar & Grill     
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton     
(609) 890-2004     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Monk, Monk and Kramer


Sparky World Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-2321
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night w/ Kid Dalton


Temperance House     
5 South State Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 944-8050     
Thurs. 7p.m. "Blues Night" w/ Steve Guyger 
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly (outdoors) 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney


The Beer Garden at Snipes Farm   
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA   
Sat. 3 p.m. Steal Your Face


The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341
Sat. 7 p.m. Skinny Amigo


The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Sat. 6 p.m. Drunken Clams


The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Sat. 8 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band


Train Wreck Distillery
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly
(609) 288-6300
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tiltin' Catz


Trenton Social      
449 South Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-7777    
Sat. 3:30 p.m. "Haunted Trenton" Social Ride. $15 (Includes ridr/dinner/drink. Costumes encouraged)


Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)     
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.     
(215) 862-8300     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia   
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
All shows 21+   


Vault Tap Room
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Fri. 7 p.m. Love & Duffy
Sat. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Project


West Windsor Arts Center
Nassau Park Boulevard Princeton
Sat. 10 a.m. "Off The Wall" Holiday Market (Takes Place at 952 Alexander Road Location)


Wildflowers Inn     
2572 Pennington Road Pennington     
(609) 773-2392  
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia    


Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000 
Sat. 1 p.m. The Jersey Sure Cats
Sun. 1 p.m. Budd & Maggs


WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" 
 


Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.






 



 



 



 


 


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