NEAL AND BAND
Neal - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Born October 14, 1957 into a deeply rooted multi-generational blues family from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he's been playing the blues since he was a small child. He first learned the blues from his father, harpist Raful Neal, and family friends like Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo. It was Slim who gave Kenny his first harp, trying to pacify the crying three-year-old boy. It worked. Kenny mastered harmonica, and quickly moved on to bass, trumpet, piano and guitar. He first performed at age six, playing piano at one of his fatherís gigs. By the time he was 13, he officially joined his fatherís band as a bass player, before being recruited as Buddy Guy's bassist at 17. Following Buddy's advice to concentrate on his guitar playing, Kenny relocated to Toronto, and -- along with his brothers Raful, Jr., Noel, Larry and Ronnie -- formed the Neal Brothers Band, regularly backing visiting blues stars. Later he fronted Canada's Downchild Blues band before returning to Baton Rouge to begin his solo career.
Teaming with producer/bassist/horn arranger Bob Greenlee, Kenny cut a series of albums featuring not only his laid-back, Baton Rouge blues, but also funky contemporary gems with a taste of rock and R&B. Since joining Alligator in 1988, his albums have been blues hits and the critics have hailed him as one of the best of the younger blues generation. Musician calls him, "an all American bluesman ... he lays into the blues like nothing can stop him, or tame him."
In 1991, he starred in a Broadway musical, "Mule Bone," with music by Taj Mahal, and won a Theatre World Award for his performance. In 1993, he toured Africa for the U.S. government, performing in seven countries. He's played with major blues stars from B. B. King to Buddy Guy, and has emerged as one of the few names on the short list of future blues greats. His music is deeply rooted in the Louisiana swamp blues tradition, but burns with a contemporary fire. "One of a mere handful of truly inventive young contemporary guitarists," announced the Chicago Tribune, "Neal has something fresh to say and the chops with which to say it."
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