June 6,1936 - September 1, 2004
Described by reviewers as warm, animated, stylish, precise and economical,
the blues music on "Old Friends" mirrors the artist
himself, a native of South Louisiana and a second generation blues
player who listened to the greats and carved out his own unique
style. A posthumous Slim Harpo Tribute album was Released on True
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"Lil Ray" Neal (Brother)-
Greatly respected blues and jazz guitarist. Currently leading his
own band around Louisiana when not working with Bobby "Blue"
Bland or his dad. In the past has worked with Little Milton and Bobby
Rush. Father of Joshua and Trellis.
Neal (Sister) "Jazzy"
July 7, 1967 March 10, 2005
Jackie was a Southern Soul/Blues singer who was very popular in Lousiana,
Mississippi, Alabama and all surrounding Southern states. Prior to
her very untimely death, she had completed four albums: The Blues
Won't Let You Go (1995), Lookin For a Sweet Thang (2000), Money Can't
Buy Me Love (2002) and Down In Da Club (2005). Flamboyant and full
of life, Jackie was a crowdpleaser like no other and she is greatly
missed by family and fans alike.
Fredrick Neal Has been Kenny's regular keyboard player since he was
in his teens. A good singer, he sounds a bit like his dad. Fredrick
is the proud owner of the convertible Cadillac from the movie Crossroads,
which he bought from Little Milton.
Neal (Brother) Has been
bass player with brother Kenny's band since his teens. Also worked
some with Baton Rouge flash-in-the-pan Troy Turner.
(Brother)- Moved to Chicago and stayed there to play bass with James
Cotton in his regular band for many years. Has also worked with Buddy
Guy and Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Lucky Peterson,
Lonnie Brooks and other mainstays of the Second City scene. He can
be heard playing with various artists, both live and in the studio;
lately Larry McCray and Sherman Robertson have been using Noel.
Neal (Nephew)-From the early
age of 3 (three), Tyree Neal has been drawn to and performing on stage.
Tyree has continued the Neal legacy as a guitarist, singer, keyboardist
and although he comes from a blues family, Tyree is also a writer,
producer and performer in the hip-hop and r&b genre. His most
rewarding experiences were his years as Musical Director, Lead Guitarist
and Vocalist for the Jackie Neal Band. His newly released CD, Steppin
Out at 22 (Jazzy Records) contains songs dedicated to Jackie, his
Mother Charlene and his Grandmother Shirley. The making of the CD
a family affair featuring Bro Bro (Jackie's middle son), Syreeta,
adopted brother Panther and Kenny Neal, Jr. doing most of the the
drums and bass parts. With today's technology, even Aunt Jackie can
be heard on the album.
May 2, 1961 - April 2004
Strong percussionist. It can be noted that he was a strong singer
with a unique voice and had done several recordings including "shattered
by a whisper", a duet with Jackie.
Larry Neal (Brother)
Plays drums with Kenny around South Louisiana. Also works with his
dad some as both drummer and harmonica/front man. Some consider
him the equal of his father and Kenny in stage presence.
Graylon Neal Hoffman(Brother)
Respected and rocking drummer who has played on
Kenny's albums, toured with Fenton Robinson and
worked with many of the great local Baton Rouge
Charlene & Darlene Neal(Sisters)
Identical twins who occasionally sing and dance with
the family. Charlene is mother of Tyree.
Neal, Jr.- (Son)
After backing up countless artists for the past decade both on stage
and in the studio, producer/composer/ musician/multi-instrumentalist
Kenny "Bounce" Neal Jr. has released his own debut album,
The Best of Bounce. The album features special appearances by members
of the Neal Family. Kenny has a strong reputation for adapting to
many styles of music using a number of different instruments. The
album features collaborations with Kenny Neal Sr., Tyree Neal, Syreeta
Neal, Bro Bro (Jackie Neal's middle son), as well as many other well
known Canadian rappers and vocalists.
Neal - (Daughter) Syreeta began studying jazz and classical music
at the age of 11 but her most influential "classrooms" were
those of her musical family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a singer/songwriter/guitarist
and has a voice that has been described as powerful, pure and honest.
Syreeta's debut album is entitled Stand Tall.