Songbirds North | All Ages | Fully Seated | Doors: 6 PM
If you want to experience the "Real Deal", take time out to find Kenny Neal. One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region's venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions. At age 13, Neal was playing in his father's band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy. The guitarist recruited some of his talented siblings to form the Neal Brothers Blues Band up in Toronto (brother Noel later played bass behind James Cotton; five other Neal brothers also play in various bands) before returning stateside. In 1987, Kenny Neal cut his debut LP for Florida producer Bob Greenlee, an updated swamp feast initially released by Kingsnake Records as Bio on the Bayou. The following year, Alligator Records signed Neal and reissued the debut under the title Big News from Baton Rouge!! Young Neal was on his way. Neal's sizzling guitar work, sturdy harp, and gravelly, aged-beyond-his-years vocals served him well, and he cut four albums for Alligator Records between 1989 and 1994. An acclaimed 1991 stint on Broadway in a production of Mule Bone found him performing acoustic versions of Langston Hughes' poetry set to music by Taj Mahal.Kenny's 2016 release, Bloodline, was nomimated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and also won two 2017 BMAs (Blues Music Awards); one for Best Contemporary Blues Album and the other for Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist. Kenny Neal, a true living blues Legend is THE REAL DEAL and more poised than ever to deliver the blues like no one else can! 2017 Grammy Nomination Best Contemporary Blues Album (Bloodline)2017 Blues Music Awards—Contemporary Blues Male Artist (Bloodline)2017 Blues Music Awards— Contemporary Blues Album (Bloodline)2017 San Francisco Housing Development Corporation(SFHDC)- Celebrating 29 Years of Building Homes & Hope - Arts and Cultural Icon Award2016 Baton Rouge Blues Foundation— Red Stick Blues Award2016 Pennsylvania Blues Festival— Life Time Achievement Award2015 Jus' Blues Awards 'Bobby Rush Blues Entertainer Award2013 Baton Rouge Blues Foundation - Blues Honoree2013 Music Ambassador Award 'Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne2011 Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame2011 Jus' Blues Music Foundation Contemporary/Traditional Blues Song Of The Year Hooked on Your Love2011 Critic's Poll Living Blues Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.2009 Monterey Bay Blues (M.O.B.B.A.Y.) Artist of the Year2009 BMA (Blues Music Award) Song of the Year, "Let Life Flow"2009 West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards for Blues CD of the Year "Let Life Flow" and "Blues Band of the Year"2009 Blueswax Album of the Year "Let Life Flow"2009 Jus' Blues Awards Traditional Blues Song - Male - "Let Life Flow"2009 Grammy entries for Grammy Nominations in 4 catagories2008 Blues Critic Awards 2008 Readers Poll, Kenny won Blues Album of the Year "Let Life Flow" and also Contemporary Blues "Artist of the Year"2008 Jus' Blues Awards "Junior Wells Harp Award"Hometown Video Awards 2008 Winner, Entertainment Talk Show "NEAL'S PLACE"W.A.V.E. Award 2007, Talk Show-Entertainment/Pro, "NEAL'S PLACE"2005 W.C. Handy Blues Awards - Acoustic Blues Album - "Double Take"2005 Official Statement to Kenny Neal, by the Governor of LA.2003 Slim Harpo Award in Baton Rouge1999 Grammy Nomination for Tribute to Howlin' Wolf "Best Traditional Blues Album"1994 Theatre World Award "Outstanding New Talent" on Broadway1993 Washington, D.C., USIA Certificate of Appreciation for representing the U.S. with Kenny Neal's Blues Band for tour in Africa1989 Big Bill Broonzy Award in Paris1989 JD Miller Award "Outstanding Performance"