The rising son of Baton Rouge blues delivers a hell-raising dose of Deep South blues on both guitar and harmonica. "Rough and ready young blues barnstormer who solos up a storm"--BOSTON GLOBE
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Kenny Neal, Vocals, Lead Guitar and Harmonica
Lucky Peterson, Keyboards
Bob Greenlee or Noel Neal, Bass
Jim Payne, Drums
The King Snake Horns:
Bob Greenlee, Baritone Sax
Bill Samuels, Tenor Sax
Buzz Montsinger, Tenor Sax
Sylvester Polk, Trumpet
Edgar Winter, Alto Sax on I Owe It All To You
Kenny Neal plays bass on The Further We Go
Produced by Bob Greenlee and Kenny Neal
Recorded at King Snake Studios, Sanford, FL
Mixed at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL
Recorded by Bryan Bassett, Jay Shilliday, Andrew McIntire and Dave Bell
Mixed by Jay Shilliday
Bruce Iglauer, Executive Producer
Cover photo by Philip Gould
Cover design by Sawyer/Sillins, Inc.
Mastered by Tom Coyne at DMS, New York, NY
Special thanks to my parents, Raful and Shirley Neal; my band, The Neal Brothers Blues Band -- Kenny Burch, Larry Neal and Darnell Neal; and all my loyal fans.
In the last few years, a whole new generation of young blues musicians has emerged to carry the blues into the 1990s. From all across the country, dozens of talented artists are shaping the music of their parents' generation into a new form, singing and playing new blues for today's audiences.
One of the most exciting of these new bluesmen hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from a family with a distinguished blues pedigree. In the year since the release of Kenny Neal's Alligator debut album, Big New From Baton Rouge!! , Kenny has gone from being the best kept secret in Baton Rouge to becoming one of the fastest rising young blues artists in the country. He's toured from coast to coast, playing both clubs and festivals, and barnstormed his way across England. And everywhere he's gone, his triple-threat ability on guitar, harmonica and bass, big voice and dynamic stage presence have made him an instant hit.
Devil Child picks up where Big New From Baton Rouge!! left off. In just a year Kenny has grown not only as a player and singer but also as a songwriter (he co-wrote eight new tunes for the album). Although he's become a national touring artist, he hasn't left his Louisiana roots behind. Just listen to Kenny's harmonica and you'll hear traces of all the great bayou bluesmen who taught him, like Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester and Kenny's legendary father, Raful Neal. And when he picks up the guitar, you can't miss the influence of Kenny's other teacher, (and former Raful Neal sideman) Buddy Guy.
Kenny Neal lives up to all the praise that Blues and Rhythm magazine heaped on him during his first tour of England, when they called him, "an undeniably contemporary yet authentic young bluesman just bursting with ideas."
-- Bruce Iglauer