Kenny Neal

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Neal performing at New Orleans Jazzfest in 2012

Kenny Neal (born October 14, 1957, New Orleans, Louisiana[1]), son of Raful Neal, is an American blues guitar player, singer and band member. Neal comes from a musical family and has often performed with his brothers in his band.

Career[edit]

Neal preserves the blues sound of his native south Louisiana, as befits someone who learned from Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, and his father, harmonica player Raful Neal.[2]

In 1987, Neal cut his debut album for the Florida record producer Bob Greenlee — an updated swamp feast initially marketed on King Snake Records as Bio on the Bayou. Alligator Records picked it up the following year, retitling it Big News from Baton Rouge!![1]

In 1991, he proved to be a talented actor in the Broadway production of the folk musical Mule Bone (by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston), singing numbers written by Taj Mahal.[2]

Neal has played with blues stars including Lucky Peterson and Lazy Lester, and was at one time a member of The Downchild Blues Band, during a period of relocation to Toronto.[3]

In September 2006, Neal announced he was taking a year's break from recording and performing, due to an undisclosed illness.[4] He returned to the public eye at the Monterey Blues Festival in June 2007. His illness was also disclosed as Hepatitis C. He has children named Kenny, Syreeta, and Micah.[5]

Lately, he is touring with Efes Pilsen Blues Festival.[6]

Awards[edit]

Honors

  • 2011 - Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
  • 2005 - Official Statement to Kenny Neal, by the Governor of Louisiana
  • 1993 - Washington, D.C., USIA Certificate of Appreciation for representing the U.S. with Kenny Neal's Blues Band for tour in Africa

Winner

  • 2011 - Jus' Blues Music Foundation Contemporary/Traditional Blues Song Of The Year for "Hooked on Your Love"
  • 2011 - Critic's Poll Living Blues Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
  • 2009 - Monterey Bay Blues (M.O.B.B.A.Y.) Artist of the Year Award
  • 2009 - BMA (Blues Music Award) Winner for Song of the Year, "Let Life Flow"
  • 2009 - West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards for Blues CD of the Year "Let Life Flow" and Blues Band of the Year
  • 2009 - Blueswax Album of the Year "Let Life Flow"
  • 2008 - Blues Critic Awards Readers Poll, Blues Album of the Year "Let Life Flow" and also Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year
  • 2008 - Jus' Blues Awards "Junior Wells Harp Award"
  • 2008 - Hometown Video Awards, Entertainment Talk Show
  • 2007 - W.A.V.E. Award, Talk Show-Entertainment/Pro
  • 2005 - W.C. Handy Blues Awards - Acoustic Blues Album
  • 2003 - Slim Harpo Award in Baton Rouge
  • 1994 - Theatre World Award "Outstanding New Talent" on Broadway
  • 1989 - Big Bill Broonzy Award in Paris
  • 1989 - JD Miller Award "Outstanding Performance"

Nominated

  • 2009 - Grammy entries for Grammy Nominations in 4 categories
  • 1999 - Grammy Nomination for Tribute to Howlin' Wolf "Best Traditional Blues Album"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic biography data
  2. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 150. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Craig Harris, Biography of The Downchild Blues Band; www.allmusic.com.
  4. ^ Living Blues website
  5. ^ Monterey County Weekly - accessed January 2008
  6. ^ Efes Pilsen Official Blog - accessed October 2010

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