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”), Mr. Harry Hypolite’s band (The late great guitarist for Mr. Clifton Chenier), 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.
Currently, Michael is again leading his own band, The American Electric, with long time bassist Chad Willis, and Drummer Dudley “Cruz” Fruge’ (Zachary Richard, Evangeline, Roddie Romero).
With The RiverBabys, (Nunez, along with, Jeff Lewis, and Chad Willis) he 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.
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.”
His third solo release, ‘The American Electric,’ is an eclectic collection of music built on a platform of American roots that twists into an almost indescribable, but yet familiar sound…Rock-N-Roll from the marshes and swamps of south Louisiana. It has received great reviews (some of which you can read in our review section, along with reviews from his previous two albums).
MJN is teaming back up with A.J. Dauphin (co-producer of his self titled debut release, and ‘About To Snap’) in 2011 to start a brand new project with his band THE AMERICAN ELECTRIC (Chad Willis-Bass and backing vox, and Dudley Fruge-Drums and backing vox)
Check out Michael Juan Nunez and The American Electric live, and see what the critics are raving about…this is the real deal.
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