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.