Michael Juan Nunez
Michael Juan Nunez is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, from South Louisiana whose music taps into the heart of American southern culture. It’s fresh, and urgent, yet unmistakably sprouting from very deep roots. His music paints pictures of life, as seen through the eyes of southern Louisiana. His guitar playing is raw and passionate…moaning, screaming, singing, and driving modern day melodies, with echoes of long lost dancehalls.
Michael has played with many groups, most notably Zachary Richard (with whom he toured the US, Canada, and France), Roddie Romero and the HubCity AllStars (with whom he was part of the Grammy Nominated CD “The La Louisianne Sessions”), (The late great guitarist for Mr. Clifton Chenier) Mr. Harry Hippolyte ’s band, as well as his own group, ‘The RiverBabys’. Along the way, he has worked with many other artists from time to time, including the great Chess Records pianist Mr. Henry Gray.
The RiverBabys, (Nunez, along with long time Drummer, Jeff Lewis, and Chad Willis) have toured the Gulf South making a name for themselves on the blues circuit. They competed in the IBC in Memphis, TN in 2004 and made it to the finals, where they were disqualified for playing over their time limit…the band was rockin’, the crowd was rockin’, there seemed to be no reason to stop!!! It was the opinion of many attendees, as well as some judges (which included Alligator records founder Bruce Iglauer) , as well as Memphis news papers, that had it not been for the ‘error in judgment, of playing to long’ they would have won the competition. Never the less, the band made new friends, and fans.
Michael Juan Nunez has played numerous festivals, to excited crowds, including, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, in Helena, Arkansas, The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana, The Harvest Moon Blues Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festivals Acadian, as a performer, and at times giving clinics as well. In 2010 he also was part of a documentary called “Songs Of The Soul” shot live at Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Michael has opened for and performed with the likes of Sonny Landreth, Eric Johnson, Jimmy Vaughn, Dr. John, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Corey Harris, C.C Adcock, Eric Burden, Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Drew Landry and many, many others. His music has also been featured in the hit HBO series “True Blood.”
Since the disbanding of The RiverBabys, Michael Juan Nunez has to date, released 4 solo records. The 2001 self titled debut disc (which earned him OffBeat Magazine’s ‘Best Emerging Blues Artist’ award) The 2005 release ‘About To Snap’(which ended up on many critics top 10 list of releases for 2005, as well as one of OffBeat Magazine’s top 50 Louisiana releases. It also made it into the top 5 for album of the year by the IBC). The 2008 release ‘The American Electric’ (Nunez’s most eclectic release to date, it also gave the name to his new band).
In 2011 MJN teamed up with A.J. Dauphin (co-producer of his self titled debut release, and ‘About To Snap’) and Grammy Award winning engineer Tony Daigle, to record a brand new project with his band THE AMERICAN ELECTRIC (Chad Willis-Bass and backing vox, and Clint Redwing-Drums and backing vox). The Result is the 2012 release “My Little Train Wreck” , a very focused, band oriented, rocking blues album, that showcases Nunez’s maturing songwriting skills, as well as his impressive slide guitar skills. The title track also includes an appearance by MJN’s mentor, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth. The album has been getting rave reviews.
Check out Michael Juan Nunez and The American Electric live, and see what the critics are raving about…this is the real deal.