Kenny Neal is an evolving young blues artist at the top of his game. For his debut release on Telarc, Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain Kenny went back to the source for his interpretations of some classics in addition to soulful contemporary blues tunes.
A new generation of bluesmen inherited the torch in 1997, as many of the all-time greats passed away, including Luther Allison, Johnny Copeland, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells and Jimmy Witherspoon. It falls to this new generation to preserve the great American blues tradition while infusing the art with new life, new blood and new fire. Leading the way among the new generation is Louisiana native Kenny Neal, a vocalist, guitarist and harpist.
Born in Baton Rouge in 1957, Kenny Neal is a member of a veritable dynasty of Louisiana bluesmen. His father, Raful Neal, is a highly regarded vocalist and harpist. “The thing that I learned from my dad is the feeling for what you are doing, because when my dad plays, he’s not just singing a song—he’s singing it from his heart,” Kenny said.
Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain confirms Kenny Neal’s position as a leading light among the new generation of blues masters. With a combination of original songs and classics such as “Big Boss Man,” “The Things I used to Do” and “I’m Ready,” Kenny Neal shows that blues have most definitely been left in good hands.