"A top slide player, slick and rhythmical, drawing the listener in and keeping them on the edge of their seats. Combine this with a voice which is rich in authenticity and you have the great live act that is ‘John Emil.' Close your eyes and you will be transported to the Mississippi Delta ...but with his own take on an old style, the results are mesmerizing as John draws you into a world of American roots music. A quality musician and an enchanting live performer!" - Gary Ward (UK musician/promoter)
John Emil, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Atlanta Blues and Bluegrass Fest, Leek Blues & Americana Festival UK, Abber Jazz & Blues Fest Wales UK, and Garden & Gun Festival support act for The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Dobro, John first appeared on the South Florida music scene in 2000. Fans hear haunting, subtle hints of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, but John Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country blues, folk and bluegrass sounds into his repertoire.
Routinely taking the lost art of slide guitar in a new direction, John has composed a wealth of slide guitar tracks for media production libraries. His instrumental tracks have been published by LA Post Music Los Angeles, Songs to Your Eyes Los Angeles and Strange Fruit South Africa. John became the first American musician to be published by London’s KPM/EMI, one of the world’s largest production libraries. Among the many television and cable network shows John has supplied music for NBC's Dateline, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, American Pickers, and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.
"A Tough Calling" video by Jen Zeller and music produced and composed by John Emil
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