A veteran performer in blues festivals and venues on the east coast John Carleton Dorchester grew up in rural Pennsylvania listening to old blues records.   He started performing on a dare back in 2005. Never thinking the music would amount to much he chose "Johnny Never" as a stage name.  But the joke was on him.   HIs music did catch on.  Johnny delivers Delta, Piedmont and East Texas Blues with a passion and authenticity that has been noted by blues enthusiasts and blues societies from Memphis to Philly.  

In 2014 Johnny was quarter-finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.   In 2011, Johnny, along with his band, was the only regional act of three national acts selected by the Philadelphia Folk Song Society to perform in a concert honoring the 100th birthday of blues legend, Robert Johnson.  Offering up performances of soft blues ballads, passionate Delta slide moans and driving Little Walter and Muddy Waters riffs, Johnny’s dynamic finger style guitar work and passionate voice have brought audiences to their feet in shows from Memphis to New Jersey. 

Sounding board Magazine wrote that Johnny’s music "evokes the heart and soul of the old southern blues, but at the same time there’s a jazzy, fresh and invigorating originality....”  

Johnny performs solo or with accompaniment. - duo-trio- or full band.



The Two Johns
John Carleton and John Colgan-Davis

John Carleton, aka Johnny Never,  has teamed up with Harmonica Player, John Colgan Davis, creating a dynamic duo of Delta and Piedmont style blues!  There is a synergistic magic when these two dedicated old-style blues enthusiasts perform together that can be positively riveting!







Johnny Never's Three Piece Delta Blues

Johnny's trio usually consists of upright bass and harmonica delivering a high energy drive to the old blues and depth and sophistication to the old jazz. 





"We have hired Johnny Never’s Delta Trio for three years in a row for our gala fundraiser and the compliments just pour in.  People love what he does - it is unique, passionate, and skillfully performed". - Meg McCurtin - Executive Director, Greener Partners