Blues singer John Nemeth may call Memphis, Tenn., home, but he cut his teeth on the mean streets of Boise, singing and playing in Fat John and the Three Slims.
In the 20 years since leaving the City of Trees, he beefed up his harmonica skills, toured with Junior Watson and made a name as one of blues' biggest voices through powerhouse performances of Chicago-style electric blues and soul. His latest albums, Blues Live and Soul Live, were collectively nominated for five 2013 Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation. Call him a Blues Brother from another mother if you like.
This week, Nemeth and his many blues return to this red state to celebrate his 20th musical anniversary at the Egyptian Theatre before he jets off to western Europe and on to a string of performances in Russia.