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JOHN NEMETH

LOVE ME TONIGHT

2009-03-06

After a couple of independent discs and stints with the likes of Anson Funderburgh and Jr. Watson, harmonica player/vocalist John Nemeth hit the national scene with his 2007 release Magic Touch earning immediate accolades from critics and fans alike for its classic soul blues sound. This release follows the same path with Nemeth and crew laying down heaping doses of southern fried soul blues on "My Troubled Mind" and the Delbert McClinton style ballad, "Fuel for Your Fire". Soul isn’t the only trick in Nemeth’s bag: he charges through rootsy rock on "Love Me Tonight", "Just Like You" and "Too Good to Be True" with enough conviction that you know he’s not just filling space on the disc. He also dips into East Coast style beach music with "She’s My Heart’s Desire" which gets as much heat from Bobby Welsh’s fret work as Nemeth’s soaring vocals. While Nemeth spends the majority of this disc leading the charge with his elastic vocals that mimic the anguished plea of Buddy Guy one moment and the rollicking fun of a young John Fogerty or even Tommy Castro the next (look out American Idol!) he demonstrates his harmonica chops to great effect on "Love Gone Crazy", "Where You Been?" and "Daughter of the Devil" where he heats things up with special guest Elvin Bishop. With 10 of the 11 tunes written by Nemeth this disc is as fresh as its sounds are classic. Smitty

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