Delta and Piedmont blues with a smattering of other stuff just for fun....
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. Whether solo or with accompaniment, Johnny has energized audiences in Northern Maryland, Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey 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.
Often referred to by blues enthusiasts as "the real deal", 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.
“It's rare these days to hear that (Delta blues) music played and your performance at the Central Delaware Blues Society moved me emotionally. You are the real deal!” - Barry Pugh, President, Central Delaware Blues Society, Roadhouse Blues Festival