East coast bluesman John Carleton, (aka Johnny Never) has a mission to deliver pure, unadulterated vintage blues to those who already love the blues as well as those who have never heard it. From Australia to Austin, Canada to Congo, Johnny's music has been heard on blues radio and internet broadcasts the world over.
Whether solo or with accompaniment, Johnny's live performances energize audiences in Northern Maryland, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Canada from small bars and restaurants to music halls such as the MAC Concert Series, The Mainstay, the Kennett Flash and Jamie's House of Music. He has performed in dozens of Music Festivals.
Johnny can rivet an audience to their seats as a solo performer, and his two and three-piece acts, with stellar harmonica and upright bass, can bring audiences to their feet.
Johnny pays homage to, but does not mimic, the vast array of original bluesmen that gave birth to “the blues” a century ago. John has been called "the spiritual son" of blues greats for his covers of artists like Son House, Robert Johnson, and Charlie Patton. His original compositions possess the qualities of the genuine article, delivered through deft finger-style guitar work and a voice that reeks of authenticity. These qualities have earned him recognition by blues and folk music societies from Memphis to Philadelphia. In 2014 Johnny was a quarter-finalists in the International Blues Challenge, in Memphis TN.
“… Johnny Never is the real deal!! Delta and Piedmont blues rarely heard this far north! A rare treat.” - Dave Strickler – Baltimore Blues Society
"Johnny Never, has crawled into the skin of acoustic blues greats from the Piedmont to the Delta, and gives authenticity to the music that he has studied, performed and loved for so many years - so much so, that he is the spiritual son of many names both famous and long forgotten.” -Jamey Reilly - Jamey’s House Of Music, Landsdowne PA.