Neal Tiemann

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Neal Tiemann
Nftborgata.jpg
Neal Tiemann at The Borgata
Atlantic City, NJ – September 26, 2009
Background information
Birth name Neal Andrew Tiemann
Also known as Dr (the Doctor), NFT
Born (1982-12-22) December 22, 1982 (age 34)
Dallas, TX
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, groove metal, melodic death metal
Occupation(s) Guitarist, musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, nylon string guitar, trombone
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts David Cook, Midwest Kings, Burn Halo,[1] Bryan Jewett, To Have Heroes, Bowling for Soup,[2] Caroline's Spine, Uncle Kracker, DevilDriver
Website nealtiemann.com
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson RD
Gibson Explorer

Neal Tiemann (born December 22, 1982 in Dallas, TX) is an American musician, currently the lead guitarist and songwriter of the rock band the Midwest Kings (MWK), the lead guitarist for David Cook's band The Anthemic, and guitarist for groove metal band DevilDriver. He spent most of 2009 on the Declaration Tour with Cook and served as the tour's music director. Tiemann played guitar on Cook's major label debut album David Cook as well as his independently released Analog Heart. He has also played on Burn Halo's 2009 album "Burn Halo" and Bryan Jewett's album "A Brief Look at the New You." Tiemann and the rest of The Anthemic worked on Cook's second album, This Loud Morning for RCA Records/19

On March 19, 2015, it was announced that Tiemann joined groove metal band DevilDriver.[3]

Musical background[edit]

Early career: 2001–08[edit]

2008–present[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Tiemann is seen playing Gibson guitars exclusively. He can be seen playing Gibson RD guitars such as an ebony with EMG pickups, a natural, and a silverburst. He also uses Gibson Les Paul guitars such as a sunburst and an ebony with 3 pickups and with gold hardware. He can also be seen with a black Gibson Explorer with EMG pickups and a Gibson Hummingbird in heritage cherry sunburst finish.

Appearances[edit]

On Tour[edit]

From January 18–25, 2009,[4] Tiemann traveled with bandmates David Cook (guitar and lead vocals), Andy Skib (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backup vocals), Kyle Peek (drums, backing vocals), and Joey Clement (bass guitar) to the Middle East to complete a USO Tour.[5] The band visited seven bases on their trip to Kuwait and Iraq and played songs from David Cook as well as crowd-pleasing covers including Tenacious D's Fuck Her Gently and Van Halen's Hot for Teacher.

In mid-February 2009, Tiemann embarked on a nationwide tour serving as Musical Director and Lead guitarist for The Declaration Tour to support the platinum-selling,[6] major-label debut David Cook. The tour began at Club Downunder in Tallahassee, Florida on February 13, 2009 and was originally set to end in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 25, 2009.[7] The tour was extended through the fall and came to a close on December 1, 2009 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina after 154 shows.

In mid-May 2009, Tiemann and bandmates took a short break from the North American leg of the Declaration Tour to travel to Manila in the Philippines. Tiemann made numerous appearances on Filipino television with David Cook[8] leading up to a one night concert playing to upwards of 40,000 attendees at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila on May 16, 2009.[9]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Capacity Performer Director Peak Position
2008 Light On Lead Guitar David Cook Wayne Isham #1 – VH1 Top 20
2009 Come Back To Me Lead Guitar David Cook Gavin Bowden #1 – VH1 Top 20
2011 The Last Goodbye Lead Guitar David Cook Nigel Dick #1 – VH1 Top 20

Television appearances[edit]

Year Air Date Show Network Capacity Songs Performed
2008 November 1 Saturday Night Live NBC Lead Guitar Declaration, Light On
November 14 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC Lead Guitar Light On
November 17 Good Morning America ABC Lead Guitar Light On, Heroes
November 19 Live with Regis and Kelly ABC Lead Guitar Light On
Off Camera: Life on the Moon
November 23 American Music Awards
(Red Carpet)
ABC Lead Guitar Light On, Declaration
December 1 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Lead Guitar Light On
December 3 Christmas in Rockefeller Center ABC Lead Guitar
(Acoustic)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (cover),
Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas
(cover)
December 25 Walt Disney World
Christmas Day Parade
ABC Lead Guitar
(Acoustic)
Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas
(cover)
December 31 FOX's New Year's Eve Live FOX Lead Guitar Light On, Declaration
2009 January 13 Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC Lead Guitar Light On, Declaration
Off Camera: Kiss On the Neck,
Little Lies (cover), Bar-ba-sol
February 12 Good Morning America ABC Lead Guitar Declaration
April 1 American Idol Season 8
(Results Show)
FOX Lead Guitar Come Back To Me
May 15 Eat bulaga! GMA Network Lead Guitar
(acoustic)
Always Be My Baby (cover)
May 20 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Lead Guitar Come Back To Me
May 20 American Idol Season 8 (Finale) FOX Lead Guitar Permanent
May 25 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC Lead Guitar Come Back To Mee
Off Camera: Bar-ba-sol
July 13 2009 MLB Home Run Derby ESPN Lead Guitar Declaration
MLB Extra Innings Lead Guitar,
Backing Vocals
Heroes
August 7 Good Morning America ABC Lead Guitar Come Back To Me
Off Camera: Little Lies (cover) with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
August 7 Live with Regis and Kelly]] ABC Lead Guitar Come Back To Me
November 23 Live with Regis and Kelly ABC Lead Guitar Declaration
December 7 Carrie Underwood : An All-Star Holiday Special FOX Lead Guitar Lie
2010 March 17 American Idol
(Results Show)
FOX Lead Guitar Jumping Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
2011 April 21 American Idol
(Results Show)
FOX Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
April 26 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
May 24 American Idol
(Finale)
FOX Lead Guitar Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
June 28 The Today Show NBC Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
June 29 Live With Regis & Kelly ABC Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
June 30 Lopez Tonight TBS Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
July 7 The Talk CBS Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye
July 14 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC Lead Guitar The Last Goodbye

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Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details / Artist Capacity Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Heat US Rock CAN FIN
---- Winds of Change: The Acoustics (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US Sales: Unknown
2003 Midwest Kings (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US sales: Unknown
2004 The Story Thus Far (Axium) Bass
  • US sales: Unknown
2004 Judging A Bullet (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US sales: Unknown
2006 Analog Heart (David Cook) Guitar
(Tracks 4, 5, 8)
2006 Incoherent With Desire To Move On (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US sales: Unknown
2007 A Brief Look at the New You (Bryan Jewett) Producer, Guitar, Trombone
  • US sales: Unknown
2008 Luna Despierta EP – Digital Release (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US sales: Unknown
2008 Work It Out (Caroline's Spine)
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: 7th Kid Entertainment
Co-Producer[14]
  • US sales: Unknown
2008 David Cook (David Cook)
  • Released: November 18, 2008
  • Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings
Lead Guitar, Songsmith 3[15] 2 11 15
[16]
2009 Burn Halo (Burn Halo)
  • Released: March 31, 2009
  • Label: Rawkhead Rekords
Lead Guitar, Songsmith 129[20] 2[20] 22[20]
  • US sales: Unknown
2009 Happy Hour (Uncle Kracker) Guest Musician 38[21] 13[21]
  • US Sales: Unknown
2010 Luna Despierta EP (MWK) Producer, Lead Guitar, Songsmith
  • US sales: Unknown
2016 Trust No One (DevilDriver) Lead Guitar
  • US sales: Unknown
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Singles[15][20][edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Artist Album Capacity
US US Pop US AC US Adult US Rock CAN UK NZ
2008 Light On 17 20 10 4 27 184 8 David Cook David Cook Lead Guitarist
2009 "Bar-ba-sol"
"Come Back to Me" 63 49 15 9
"Dirty Little Girl" 19 Burn Halo Burn Halo Lead Guitarist
"Permanent" (charity single) 24 34 26 David Cook Live Lead Guitarist
"—" denotes the single failed to chart, not released, or not certified

Songwriting[22][edit]

Year Song Album Performer Extra notes
2003 Godspeed Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Room for Two Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Fairweather Friend Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Lemmings Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Undertow* Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Waterside** Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Thrill of It All Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2003 Forever Fall Midwest Kings Midwest Kings
2005 Waiting Room Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Call To Arms Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Railway Reality Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Judging A Bullet*** Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 'Til I'm Blue Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Passenger Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Roses & Cyanide Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 8 Ways to Decay Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Drone Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 By Accident Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2005 Splinter Judging A Bullet Midwest Kings
2006 Circle's Anthem Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2006 Killing More Than Time Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2006 Make Me Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2006 One True Thing Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2006 Rearview Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2006 Song To Me Incoherent With Desire to Move On Midwest Kings
2008 Anodyne^ Luna Despierta EP Midwest Kings
2008 A Scarlet Letters Luna Despierta EP Midwest Kings
2008 Stuck Under Wheels Luna Despierta EP Midwest Kings
2008 Vera Luna Despierta EP Midwest Kings
2008 Fairweather Friend*** To Have Heroes EP To Have Heroes
2008 Reasons* *** To Have Heroes EP To Have Heroes
2008 Kiss on the Neck^ David Cook David Cook Hidden Track
2009 Dirty Little Girl*** ^^[23] Burn Halo Burn Halo Peak: #19 Mainstream Rock Tracks[24]
2009 Save Me*** ^^[25] Burn Halo Burn Halo Featured in the video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009[26]
2009 Dead End Roads and Lost Highways*** ^^[25] Burn Halo Burn Halo
 ? All You Could Not See Midwest Kings
 ? Dear Heaven David Cook
 ? Not Me David Cook
 ? Shades of Red Midwest Kings
 ? Until Dawn Midwest Kings
  • *Co-Written with Andy Skib
  • **Co-Written with Justin Briggs
  • ***Co-Written with Zac Maloy
  • ^ Co-Written with David Cook
  • ^^ Co-Written with James Hart

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Artist Direct: The Great Burrito Extortion Case (album)". 
  3. ^ "DEVILDRIVER Recruits Former BURN HALO Guitarist NEAL TIEMANN". 
  4. ^ "USO 2009 Tour Schedule". USO. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  5. ^ "USO Kicks Off '09 with Entertainment Tour to Persian Gulf Featuring American Idol Winner David Cook". USO. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  6. ^ "David Cook RIAA Certifications". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  7. ^ "David Cook Announces Spring Tour Dates". PopEater.com. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  8. ^ "David Cook's Live Performance in Eat Bulaga (Philippines)". chartherct.com. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  9. ^ "David Cook to Perform at the SE Mall of Asia". GMANews.TV. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  10. ^ "Concert Preview: Father knows best". Tulsa World. June 6, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Concert Preview: Splinters and screws". Tulsa World. September 24, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  12. ^ "CD Review: Midwest Kings EP worthy of big label". Tulsa World. December 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  13. ^ "Concert Preview: Universal questions". Tulsa World. April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Work It Out: Album Info". CarolinesSpineOfficial.com. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  15. ^ a b "Billboard 200: David Cook". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  16. ^ Suomen virallinen lista
  17. ^ "Reuters". November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  18. ^ "RIAA Certification searchable database for David Cook". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  19. ^ "CRIA". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  20. ^ a b c d "The Billboard 200 – Burn Halo". Billboard.com. April 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "billboard_200" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  21. ^ a b "Billboard Charts: Happy Hour". Billboard.com. October 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  22. ^ "ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers". 
  23. ^ "Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  24. ^ "Dirty Little Girl ASCAP Search". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  25. ^ a b "Save Me ASCAP Search". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  26. ^ "THQ announces in-game music lineup for WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009". Gaming Ring. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 

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