Blues Guitar Legend Kenny Neal Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. “Bloodline”
Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master who also is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a multi-award winning talent. Born in 1957 in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Neal began playing music at a very young age, learning the basics from his father, singer and blues harmonica player, Raful Neal. Family friends like Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo contributed to Kenny's early musical education. At 13, he joined his father’s band and, four years later, he was recruited and toured extensively as Buddy Guy’s bass player.
Through the years, Neal has shared the stage or worked with a who’s-who list of blues and R&B greats at one time or another, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. Since signing with Alligator Records in 1988, Neal has released a series of consistently lauded albums featuring his laid-back, Baton Rouge blues, with a modern spin on the Louisiana sound he grew up with. The Chicago Tribune pegged Kenny as “one of a mere handful of truly inventive young contemporary guitarists, Neal has something fresh to say and the chops with which to say it,” while AllMusic said his “gruff-before-their-time vocals retain their swamp sensibility, while assuming a bright contemporary feel that tabs him as a leading contender for future blues stardom.” Blues Revue agreed, calling Kenny “one of the brightest young stars on the blues horizon, and a gifted artist.”
Neal has never sounded better than he does on Bloodline, offering some of the most moving songwriting and electric performances of his incredible career. In addition, no less than 8 members of the Neal clan lend their musical talents to this unique album, making it a true family affair and proving beyond doubt that the blues is most definitely in Neal’s “Bloodline.”
Watch the “Bloodline” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puayq7Koj_A
Watch the video for “Thank You BB King”: https://youtu.be/eSBwhOG2nck
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