John Carney’s musical career:
John was born in Panama City and began his musical career there before moving to the U.S. He continued his career playing Country, Rock, R & B, Blues, Latin Jazz and Classical. In addition to playing in Panama, New Mexico, and Texas, John has performed in Atlantic City, Cancun, Orlando, New Orleans, and most recently in Europe with award winning Swiss Blues guitarist, Andy Egert.
John has also opened for Bo Diddley, Styx, Little Richard, Clint Black, and backed such legendary artists as Joe Cocker and Percy Sledge. In 1991 John became lead guitarist for the “Big Otis Show Band” and spent the following 8 years playing beside many of the best musicians in Houston.
In 2000 John started his own smooth jazz band “Max Cat”, as well as performing with the well-known Nicaraguan singer, Yelba.
Currently John can be seen performing every Sunday at the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall. In February, 2015 John performed at the 9th Annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival with his band “Gato Maximo” as well as joining in with Yelba and her band.
John has been invited back to Boquete and will be opening for the 10th Annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in February, 2016. “Gato Maximo”, is a smooth/latin jazz band featuring John’s beautiful classical guitar.