Hailing from western New York, Big Leg Emma is an institution for high quality, original, americana roots rock music. Based both in traditional music like folk, bluegrass, country, psychedelic and contemporary rock,the band is a high powered, eclectic, music making machine. Throw in some thought provoking songwriting and harmonies and you have a one of a kind equation that is unique, timeless, and infectious.
Big Leg Emma was born in 2001 in Jamestown,NY, long time friends & musical partners Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse met up. Kev Rowe joined the band as lead guitar bringing an eclectic -tasteful sound to Emma. Rounded out by John Neidrauer (bass guitar) and Corey Kertzie (drums) as a powerful "make you want to dance" rhythm section. And topped off with mega talent on banjo Gregg A. Robbins Welty.
Big Leg Emma in 10 years have 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 ILL. And all the way down to the Florida Keys.
Big Leg Emma is..
Charity Nuse - Mandolin, percussion, vocals
Steve Johnson - Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Kev Rowe - Electric guitar, vocals
Gregg A. Robbins Welty - Banjo
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)