Michael Juan Nunez


(roots rock, blues)

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 recorded and toured with a number of Louisiana music icons, including Zachary Richard, Doug Kershaw, Harry ‘Big Daddy’ Hypolite, Henry Gray, Sonny Landreth, Brother Dege, C.C. Adcock, Ani Difranco, Jamie Commons, Dr. John, and many others.
He recorded tracks on the Grammy Nominated album “The La Louisianne Sessions” while guitarist for ‘Roddie Romero and The HubCity AllStars’. As well as being the co-writer of “My Jolie” on Roddie’s recent Grammy Nominated “Gulf Stream”.
In the late 90’s Michael was the guitarist/ vocalist for the Lafayette, LA based blues/rock band “RiverBabys”. In 2001 they represented the Acadiana Blues Society at the IBC in Memphis, TN where they were finalists. However, due to an ‘error in judgment’ (their set went to long…despite the fact that they knew they would be disqualified) they did not win. They did however make new fans, and friends, and it expanded their notoriety.
MJN is currently with ParishLine Records with whom he has released 5 records to date. While not a house hold name, Michael Juan Nunez has gained a loyal and rabid following among the blues, and roots rock community.
Michael’s own music has been featured in HBO’s hit series “True Blood”, as well as co-writing the theme song for the Amazon series ‘Cocked’.
He was also featured in a documentary about Angola State Penitentiary, loosely based on the concept of how the great Louisiana singer/songwriter/guitarist ‘Lead Belly’ reportedly “sang his way out of prison twice”, called “Songs of the Soul”.
In 2001 Michael Juan was voted ‘Best Emerging Blues Artist’ by OffBeat Magazine, and has played his music to people all around the country and Canada, at venues and festivals such as The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, New Orleans’ Jazz Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, Festival International in Lafayette, LA, The Harvest Moon Blues Festival in Atlanta, GA…and many other events, venues, and BBQs along the way.
2016 saw the release of “RISE” which was co-produced with long time producer/collaborator A.J. Dauphin and engineered by multi Grammy award winning engineer Tony Daigle. Featuring performances by Chad Willis and Clint Redwing (of MJN’s band The American Electric) as well as the incredible talents of Mike Burch, Lee Allen Zeno, Eric Adcock, Charlene Howard, Dudley ‘Cruz’ Fruge, and Mitchell Simon…all helping to make the MJN penned songs jump from the speakers and come to life. The album is a 3deminsional journey from heavy groove rock, to sultry soul, to raw electric blues…there’s even a Caribbean flavored anthem. Each song takes a twist and turn from the previous one, and each song has it’s own colors that flow, and sometimes clobber the listener. It’s a fresh sounding mix of old and new schools. If you are a lover of blues, roots, rock, or just music…“RISE” has something for you, and the rest will sneak up on you like fog crawling across the bayou, and before you know it, it’ll be under your skin.

Michael Juan Nunez and The American Electric… Que dire à propos du groupe? Mesdames et Messieurs, ceci est un groupe de rock du fin fond du sud de la Louisiane. En rester là serait l’option facile et rapide…. Mais prenons le temps de réaliser que chacun des membres du groupe a participé au projet musical d’une longue liste d’artistes :comme Harry Hypolite, Henry Gray, Sherman Robertson, Lil Buck Senegal, Dr. John, Zachary Richard, Roddie Romero and The Hub City AllStars, Gatemouth Brown, John Mooney, Ms. Carroll Fran, D.L. Menard, Chubby Carrier, Lee Allen Zeno, Dege Legg and The Brethren, C.C. Adcock, David Egan… On pourrait continuer mais vous avez compris l’idée.Il s’agit d’un groupe de rock dont les racines sont variées et profondes.Le groupe joue avec l’envie et l’expérience qu’on n’aquiert qu’en alternant concerts dans des bouis bouis de provinces et shows sur les scènes des plus grands festivals du monde. Rythmes puissants et riffs de guitare endiablés. En 2001, Michael Juan a été élu “Meilleur espoir blues” par le magazine Offbeat. Pas de doute, la musique blues est bien présente mais on découvre aussi des influences Cajun, Zydeco, latines, psychédéliques, heavy metal, et bien d’autres! De la façon dont le groupe l’entend, tout ça, c’est de la musique! Si ça sonne bien, c’est tout ce qui compte! C’est ce qu’a remarqué la très connue série HBO “True Blood” qui a utilisé la musique de Nunez pour un de ses épisodes.De même que le film “Christmas on the Bayou”… Ainsi que, en collaboration avec son compatriote du sud de la Louisiane, le rocker C.C. Adcock, Nunez a composé le générique de la comédie noire d’Amazon “Cocked”. Le groupe s’est également illustré sur scène en compagnie de la légende cajun, D.L. Menard pour poursuivre avec des compositions blues originales et cloturer avec une version incendiaire de la chanson “The Levee Breaks” de Led Zepplin à une foule réceptive et exctatique.

Performance Lineup:

04/28/2018 4:45 pm LUS LA Craft Biergarten

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