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What You Got
     

What You Got

by Kenny Neal
 
From his birth place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Broadway stage, where he performed in Mule Bone, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Kenny Neal has captured a fervid following. His charismatic performances blend his Chicago-styled guitar work, absorbed while playing with Buddy Guy, with the bayou blues roots passed down

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From his birth place, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Broadway stage, where he performed in Mule Bone, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Kenny Neal has captured a fervid following. His charismatic performances blend his Chicago-styled guitar work, absorbed while playing with Buddy Guy, with the bayou blues roots passed down from his harp-blowing father, Raful Neal. The swinging instrumental "Neal and Pray" and the humorous "I'm the Man Your Mama Told You About" capture Neal's guitar energy in all its intensity. As with most road hog performers, he can also captivate an audience with shuffles, especially when the lyrics are as catchy as those of "Blues Ain't Nothing but a Good Man Feeling Bad." What You Got features Neal with his regular band, giving the set the fun feel and sparkle of his live shows.

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All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
This is Neal's third album for Telarc and it's definitely one of his best releases to date. He's long been known for his Louisiana blues groove, but this CD will force critics and fans to reassess their take on Neal's sound. Tracks like "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right," "Little Brother (Make a Way)," "I'm The Man Your Mama Told You About," "Loving on Borrowed Time," and "Deja Vu" are robust numbers that variously evince Chicago and Memphis influences, while the title track is a gorgeous bit of soul music that showcases Neal's mature voice. In fact, one of the major highlights of this collection is Neal's vocal work. He has become an exceptional blues singer, with a powerful and wonderfully nuanced voice. Add his excellent lead guitar work and make note of the fact that he wrote, or co-authored, nine of the 12 songs on this disc. The guy has become a multiple-threat bluesman and this album, in demonstrating that, has to be seen as a pivotal point in Neal's discography.
Southwest Blues
Strong, smooth and flowing. Kenny Neal embodies these qualities on this his 3rd Telarc recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408346729
catalogNumber:
83467
Rank:
296357

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