Sunday, April 06, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Kenny Neal
Album:Let Life Flow
Kenny Neal is a very popular blues guitarist & harmonica player known for Louisiana Swamp Blues. He was born Oct. 14, 1957 in New Orleans and grew up in Baton Rouge. His father was blues harmonica player Raful Neal and as a child Kenny hung out with legends like Buddy Guy & Slim Harpo. Harpo gave him a harmonica when Kenny was three years old. He started playing in his dad's band at age 13 and by age 17 he was recruited to Buddy Guy's band. In the 70s, Kenny moved to Toronto and formed the Neal Brothers Band with brothers Raful Jr., Noel, Larry & Ronnie and also was lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band but then moved back to Baton Rouge. In 1987 he recorded his first solo album with bassist Bob Greenlee. This got the attention of Alligator Records owner Bruce Iglauer and Kenny had a long run with Alligator. Alligator's wide distribution gave Neal greater stability and he's been a popular touring act ever since. He's an excellent guiraist and has great stage prescence. He moved to Telarc Records in 1998 and recorded three albums for them. He also appeared in the 1991 Broadway show Mule Bone and composed music for the 2003 film Love, Sex & Eating The Bones. In Sept. 2006, Kenny Neal contracted Hepititis C and took time out. But now he's back with a new contract with Blind Pig Records and his new CD Let Life Flow is out next month. Kenny produced the CD with his son Kenny Neal Jr. Here is Kenny Neal performing Who's Loving You Tonight on Neal's Place on the Palo Alto Community Media Channel in Mar. 2008.