Harmonica wizard John Carey and his band are well known throughout the southern club circuit for their unique sound which brings New Orleans funk and R&B together with the sounds of Memphis soul and Chicago blues. Carey and his band come to southern Colorado this Sun., July 8 at 6pm, as they play in the Sundays at Six series of free concerts in Alamosa’s Cole Park, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA).
In the past, Carey has shared the stage with blues legends like James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley and Junior Wells. He has played with Chris Thomas King (who acted as blues man Tommy Johnson in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou), New Orleans boogie piano master Henry Butler, George Porter Jr. of the Meters, and the Memphis Horns.
In the New Orleans scene, Carey led weekly jam sessions that became favorite night activities for local musicians and blues fans. “Like Dr. John, Carey splits his musical time between classic Crescent City rhumboogie and brassy contemporary funk-blues, often combining the two with good results,” is how Blues Revue magazine described his style at the time.
Although Carey’s time spent in New Orleans had proven to be prosperous, Taos, N.M. was another place where his heart and soul resonated. He currently splits his time recording and performing live music between Venezuela, Chile, Florida, New Mexico and New Orleans.
Next up in the Sundays at Six series is Don Richmond leading a group of musicians on Sun., July 15 at 6pm, and the young women of SHEL returning with their Celtic folk-rock on Sun., July 22 at 6pm, both in Cole Park.