BioHailing from Western New York, Big Leg Emma has infused high quality, original, Americana roots rock with the magic and art of the Jam band realm. BLE is based on traditional folk, bluegrass and country. This gives them the catchy, dance vibe that initially will attract you. But, once you are there, and their jamming explodes through the dancy vibe, they begin to take you on a musical journey with their psychedelic side. Through juggling band members, and growing into their musical skin, the new Big Leg Emma has emerged into a winding powerhouse that is creating a musical addiction to those who see them…needing to come back for more and more. Throw in some thought provoking mystical songwriting and phenomenal harmonies and you have an incredible musical force to be reckoned with which is BLE.
Big Leg Emma was born in 2001 in Jamestown, NY, and has been on many roads before leading to their current band. Long time friends & musical partners Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse started the band, and have been a constant. Kev Rowe joined the band as lead guitar bringing an eclectic-tasteful sound to Emma. After their rebirth in 2012, they added Corey Kertzie (Drums) who drove the band to an even higher level with his energy and groove. Mix that with the band’s newest member, Miguel (bass guitar), and you have yourself a rhythm section driving the music like a freight train. It’s this process of finding the perfect members aligned with their quest for this to be their time.
Big Leg Emma in 11 years has performed in many major music festivals including, Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival, Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Bliss Festival, Silver Maple Music Fest and many others.
The band has shared the stage with Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, ,Little Feat ,Del McCoury 10,000 Maniacs, Max Creek, and Hot Tuna to name a few. BLE has performed in over 25 states from NY to Colorado. And all the way down to the Florida Keys and Punta Cana.
Check them out…It’s their time. They are ready….are you?
Big Leg Emma is..
Charity Nuse - Mandolin, percussion, vocals
Steve Johnson - Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Kev Rowe - Electric guitar, vocals
John Neidrauer - Bass guitar
Corey Kertzie - Drums
Gramma Don't Like That - CD (2003)
The Color of Wind - CD (2005)
Live at the Corning Museum of Glass - DVD (2006)
Big Leg Emma Live - CD (2008)