Neal and the Neal Brothers Band
a touch of Baton Rouge to the Bottleneck Blues Bar recently
was the Neal Brothers Band, led by Kenny Neal!
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 father's gigs. By
the time he was 13, he officially joined his father's 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.
the show with a classic Albert King "born under a bad
sign", Kenny paid homage to the legends, with covers
of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters interspersed among his originals.
A favorite of STLBlues - "Howlin' at the Moon" -
showcased Kenny's songwriting ability. It was a high energy
show, with Kenny showing his mastery of the guitar, harp and
steel guitar throughout the evening. Being from Louisiana,
the evening wasn't complete without Kenny sharing some zydeco,
which he delivered with a great version of "Don't mess
with my TuTu". With his infectious enthusiasm for his
art, Kenny and the Neal Brothers Band soon had the dance floor
full and the joint jumpin! A great evening of music by one
of Louisiana's finest musical families, the Neal Brothers!