Kenny Neal Band
Local Bluesmen Jam
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
The Kenny Neal Band took the audience on one wild ride that kept the crowd on their feet all night long. It was his second appearance at Boulder Station in three months. "I'M READY" set the tone for the evening. Both the band and their fans wer ready for some red hot blues. A request, "SINCE I MET YOU BABY", excited the packed house. A medley that started with "VOODOO STEW" and ended with "IT HURTS ME TOO" featured Kenny walking the room, playing his harmonica and singing. The country side of the blues was represented with "WHY SHOULD I STAY WHEN ALL I GOT IS GONE". "BLUES FALLING DOWN LIKE RAIN" finished the set that would be hard to top.
Kenny started out solo on "IT HURTS ME TOO" for the second set, and was soon joined by his band - Kennard Johnson drums, and brothers Frederick keyboards and Darnell bass. The song "MY BABE" went into "LITTLE RED ROOSTER", with Kenny playing lap steel. For the next song, Kenny started inviting some great guest musicians onstage. The first was Stein-O-Mite, playing two saxes at the same time. For "THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT", Kenny invited Leon Blue up to replace Frederick on keys. Bobby Jonz was also invited onstage for a few tunes, adding some powerful vocals. This band and their guests just kicked everything up a notch. The song "NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME" was amazing with this lineup.
"EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES" had Kenny bringing up another Neal brother, Larry, to play harmonica. By "THE SON I NEVER KNEW", it was just the Kenny Neal band and Stein-O-Mite. Thinking that the festivities were over, I couldn't believe when Kenny invited yet another musician onstage. This time jamming again on "THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT" with harmonica player Adrienne Lee, which brought one of the best shows of the year to a close.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2002 Moondog Productions
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