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United States - Tennessee

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Little Johnny Kantreed

Winner of the MCBS Bluesey Award for Best Other Instrumentalist of the Year. Also nominated for Acoustic Act of the Year, and “Acoustic Alley Blues” as Blues CD of the Year.

Downhome acoustic folk blues. LJK was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. In the late '70's, solo artists were a dime a dozen in Nashville. So LJK packed up his powder blue Vega and moved to the Daytona Beach area of Florida, playing happy hours and opening for beach bands. Deciding that a steady paycheck would be a good way of life, he entered the radio scene and DJ'd morning drive times in Greenville, KY and Winchester, VA. Realizing that he liked Tennessee better than the nomadic life of radio, he landed back in Nashville.

Back in his hometown, he hooked up with a couple of bands, playing drums for The Colour Flag and Horse Of A Different Color. But it was the blues that was in him. Since that time, playing at The Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival (formerly the King Biscuit Festival), The Ground Zero Blues Club and the annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS, The Buffalo River Blues Festival along with King's Palace on Beale Street in Memphis, The Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis and the Blues Stage at The Beanblossom Blues Festival in Beanblossom, IN, and sharing the stage with Americana artists Annie Mosher and Cheley Tackett, blues artists like Blue Mother Tupelo, Jimbo Mathus, Moreland & Arbuckle, Patio Daddio of Delicious Blues Stew, Indianapolis based The D-Moans, The Blues Attic Ramblers and "The Southpaw from Arkansas", guitarist Michael Holloway, LJK is quickly making a name for himself in the Southeast blues scene.

All in all, we think you'll enjoy this downhome acoustic folk blues artist.