"Johnny Boy Kunk performs a gritty, down home style of one-man blues, an electrified stomp that gets your feet going and your taste buds hankering for Southern BBQ" - Ed Simon, The Boise Beat 2019
Who Is JBK?
A Telluride CO Blues Festival finalist (2nd place), 2019 MS Juke Joint Festival player, and local opener for Rev. Payton's Big Damn Band (Boise, ID). Traditional MS bluesman endorsed young blues player of only 25 based in Boise, ID
Genre: Blues, Alt Rock, Delta Blues, Hill Country blues, Blues Rock
Johnny Boy Kunk IS the manifestation of true Mississippi gritty blues in human form. Having chased hounds after coon and bear in the Sierra Nevada mountains, spent years in blue-collar welding shops, and given up an entire normal life just to plant his musical roots in the Mississippi Delta; Johnny Boy Kunk (John Kunk) has lived a life of the working class and salt of the Earth people. With inspirations of the first documented Delta blues players such as Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, Johnny returned from the state of MS and began his musical career as a hollering bluesman sliding his guitar riffs and shouting all up and down the streets of downtown Boise ID. As a young man with minimal guitar experience, he had himself gigs as somewhat of a historical act playing tunes and covers of the blues legends, but as the gig frequency grew and the skills increased he became the one of a kind bluesman the blues hadn't seen before. Inspired by the unique droning and moving tunes of hillcountry blues (R.L. Burnside, J.R. Kimbrough, MS Fred McDowell) Johnny began to explore his own sounds of both guitar and vocals and returned to the Delta to play the Mississippi Juke Joint Fest 2019 to do more studying. The changes in him were apparent and the need for diving into his own style were even more apparent. Johnny's latest album, Rough Start reached up to #4 on the best sellers list the first two weeks at Boise's very own Record Exchange. Stay tuned for any and all upcoming events and gigs!