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Moods: Featuring Guitar Blues: Louisiana Blues Blues: Slide Guitar Blues Blues: Blues-Rock Rock: Roots Rock

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United States - Louisiana

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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”),  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 (who worked with Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, and many many more), as well as New Orleans icon Dr. John. 

        Nunez's first experience as a band leader began with the funk/blues/rock trio The RiverBabys  (Nunez, along with, Jeff Lewis on drums, and Chad Willis on bass) They toured the Gulf South making a name for themselves on the blues circuit. They competed in the IBC in Memphis, TN in 2001 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, John Mooney, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Corey Harris, C.C Adcock, Eric Burden, Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Eric Burden, Indigenoius and many, many others. He also has been tapped as a studio musican recording with Doug Kershaw, Dr. John, Ani Defranco, Hunter Hayes, Chubby Carrier, Roddie Romero, Drew Landry, Martha Scanlan, Dege Legg, Sam Rey...and many, many, more.

       His music has also been featured in the hit HBO series“True  Blood", The LifeTime Network holiday movie "Christmas On The Bayou", as well as being a featured studio musician on numerous session for other artists.
      Along with C.C. Adcock Michael also wrote and recorded the theme song to the Amazon series pilot "Cocked".
        Along the way he's released 4 solo records for ParishLine Records. His debut album "Michael Juan Nunez" is an acoustic based album. After it's release Michael won the "Best Emerging Blues Artist" at the annual "OffBeat Awards" put on by OffBeat magazine in New Orleans. This record also brought him a bit of national attention, and he started getting requests to play around the country. The song 'Balance' from that album actuall hit the blues charts in the Netherlands.

        Michael again teamed up with producer A.J. Dauphin who produced his debut album. What started off to be a follow up acoustic record, soon began growing into an ecletic mix of acoustic, and electric roots based music. They brought in several of Michael Juan's friends, and band mates, including Cajun music icon D.L. Menard, former Clifton Chienier guitarist (and an incredible bluesman in his own right) Mr. Harry Hypolite, young cajun hotshots, accorianist Roddie Romero, and pianist/ B3 player Eric Adcock, drummer 'Cruz Fruge' (from the band Evangiline), and many others...(including a few tracks that were cut with what would become the band 'The American Electric' Chad Willis, and Clint Redwing).
The album 'About To Snap' came out in 2005 and immediately began getting rave reviews from critics. It contains much of Michael's best known material, and went on to win several awards.

        In 2008 Michael released 'The American Electric' an album he produced and played most of the instruments on. Although he still brought in friends on a few tracks including his long time bandmate Chad Willis, as well as C.C. Adcock, and engineer extraordinaire Mike Napolatono. This would be MJN's most eclectic album to date...blues/rock/zydeco/punk/pop/jazz...not sure what to call it. Well as the title suggests, it's electric American music. While playing to support the record Michael put together a band and named it after the record..."The American Electric". Over time, and many nights together, the band became more than just a group of sidemen playing Michael's music. Between 2010-2011, they began jamming on new material. Over that time MJN filled up a notebook full of lyrics. By fall of 2011 it was time to get those songs out of the notebook and on to tape (well I guess I should say harddrive).
       MJN teamed up with A.J. Dauphin (co-producer of his self titled debut release, and his second release  ‘About To Snap’), and Grammy award winning engineer Tony Daigle...along with his new band 'The American Electric' (Clint 'Chief' Redwing on drums, and long time collaborator Chad Willis on bass) to record "My Little Train Wreck". A brand new album of oringinal music. The album was recorded 'live' in the studio (Vocals, and overdub parts were later added, for a bit of spice) over 3 days at Tony Daigle's studio in Lafayette, LA. The record captured the raw energy of the band, pounding out electrified/ swampy/ bluesy/ funky/ ROCK-N-ROLL !!! All with big fat slide guitar tones, (with a cameo by MJN's friend and hero Sonny Landreth, on the album's title track.), thumping bass, and huge 'groove you into the ground' drums. The featured part however, is MJN's songwriting. Listening, one can't help but smile, and start moving to the vibe.

From the time that album was finished MJN was writing, and recording demos. Knowing that the promotion of "My Little TrainWreck" was priority, the demos and songs would simply be put aside (but not forgotten about) all the while still writing, and when time allowed documenting the songs with simple demo recordings. By 2014 Michael began discussing the making of a new album with A.J. Dauphin once again. The idea of the record was to go back to the production style that was used on the critically acclaimed "About To Snap"...a style that they have termed 'Guerrilla Recording', meaning, instead of going into the studio as a band, as had been done with the last album, the songs would be 'built' from a central performance. Many of the songs for example were tracked with just the Drums and Guitar playing live in the studio until a cut felt right...or simply an acoustic guitar and vocal taking the center stage. From there other instrumentation and vocals would be added...some recorded in a studio, some recorded at guest musician's homes were a comfortable environment could be created for the best performances possible.
Over a 3 year period files were transferred back and worth from LA to Austin, Tx (Where A. J. resides). Taking advantage of advances in technology of drop-boxes, FaceTime, texting, and good ol' phone calls, the two masterminded MJN's newest offering entitled "Rise" . Michael again teamed up with legendary engineer Tony Daigle at 'Electric Comoland' studios, as well as his own studio 'The Pumpshed', and a laptop computer with Protools to take to various locations. The end result is a 10 songs album that not only utilized his band 'TAE' but also some of the very best talent South Louisiana has to offer. The songs run the musical spectrum from heavy blues rock, to soul and R&B, to funk, to folk, and everywhere between, making the album fresh sounding with every track. The album came out April 5th 2016. 
MJN and TAE (as well as his side project with drummer Clint Redwing 'The Vermilion Parish Bastards' or 'VPB' for short) is currently lining up and playing promotional dates to bring attention to the album.

Michael can often be seen playing guitar in his good friend Brother Dege Legg's band The Brethren.

No matter which format you find him in, go and check it out live, and see what the critics are raving about…this is the real deal.