Kenny Neal was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, so it's no wonder that his music sizzles with the Louisiana sound.
The son of singer and blues harmonica master Raful Neal grew up with music a part of his every day life. Family friends like Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy, and Slim Harpo contributed to his musical education. In fact, it was Harpo who gave a crying three-year-old Neal a harmonica to pacify him. Neal learned how to play it, along with the bass, trumpet, piano, and guitar.
At age six, he participated in his first talent show, performing a James Brown song. When he was 17 he was recruited by Guy, and Neal toured with him for almost eight years as a bass player.
In 2005, Neal released his own debut CD, "The Best of Bounce." On the CD and in his live performances, Neal continues to keep things in the family. At the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival in Henderson, KY, he was joined by brothers Darnell, who played bass, and Frederick, who played keyboards.
This artist appears in Jubilee #1507: Kenny Neal.