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Debbie Davies - 100% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Los Angeles, California, USA. Davies had her first guitar at the age of 12 and when Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton, was released in 1965, she set out to memorize all of Clapton’s solos. Intrigued by the names of black blues artists mentioned in his interviews, she discovered the records of Freddie King, Otis Rush and Gatemouth Brown. Her first live gigs were in a club Read more

Tommy Castro - 82% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Michael Burks - 80% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1957, Milwaukee, USA. Coming from a long line of musicians, Burks was taught to play the guitar at an early age by his bass playing father. He began playing live at the age of six and by his teens was playing regularly in his father’s Bradley Ferry Country Club in Camden. The closure of the club in the mid-80s forced Burks to reassess his musical career, and he found wo Read more

Tinsley Ellis - 73% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Like many American musicians of his generation, Ellis first took up the guitar at the age of seven, inspired by groups in the late 60s British blues rock invasion. While playing in rock bands, he took an increasing interest in the work of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and particularly in guitarists Freddie King, Buddy Read more

Coco Montoya - 67% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Santa Monica, California, USA. Montoya first rose to prominence in 1972 when a chance meeting in Culver City, California, led him to join Albert Collins’ band as drummer. He took every opportunity to study the master guitarist closely over the five years they worked together. Thereafter Montoya concentrated on his day job, until another chance meeting shaped his future. Read more

Joe Louis Walker - 64% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1949, San Francisco, California, USA. Although born in the city and raised during the era of ‘flower power’, Walker had a strong and realized sense of the blues tradition. Nevertheless, he abandoned blues in the mid-70s to sing with gospel group the Spiritual Corinthians, but returned to his first love in 1985 when he assembled a new band, the Boss Talk Read more

Deborah Coleman - 61% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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3 October 1956, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. Blues guitarist Coleman eschewed early stardom, either by accident or fate. She raised a daughter and supported her family with jobs as a nurse and electrician well before recognition as a major blues artist. It is perhaps partly due to her down-to-earth quality that she has earned such a massive crossover following. The early inspi Read more

Jimmy Thackery - 60% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 May 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Raised in Washington, DC, blues rock guitarist Thackery is a raw live player who has earned favourable comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan. With Mark Wenner he formed the blues-based Nighthawks in 1972, recording 20 albums over 15 years and touring extensively. Tired of the endless touring schedule, Thackery left the band in 1987 and Read more

Guitar Shorty - 56% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David William Kearney, 8 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. A penchant for acrobatics disguises Shorty’s real talent as a blues guitarist. He grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, where his uncle Willie Quarterman introduced him to the guitar. At 17 he was playing in the house band at Tampa’s Club Royal, where he first acquired his stage name. A year later, he went to C Read more

Tab Benoit - 56% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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17 November 1967, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Benoit started out playing classic rock cover versions in local bands. A gifted young guitarist, he was satisfied with this kind of music until a friend played him a copy of a Buddy Guy record. His musical world turned upside-down, Benoit set about recreating Guy’s deep-rooted emotion, adopting his style and researching mor Read more

Duke Robillard - 55% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Michael Robillard, 4 October 1948, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. Although associated in most minds with Roomful Of Blues, the band he formed with pianist Al Copley in 1967, Robillard’s ambitions reach beyond the rigorous guidelines of the blues. This is reflected in the number of times he has left blues-based bands in order to pursue more personal musical goals. In its Read more

The Nighthawks - 52% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Nighthawks, America’s self-styled ‘favourite bar band’, have been pumping out their gritty brand of blues and roots rock for over 30 years. The band was formed in 1972 by Mark Wenner (harp/vocals), Jimmy Thackery (19 May 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar), Jan Zukowski (bass) and Pete Ragusa (drums). The quartet eschewed the laid-back country roc Read more

Katie Webster - 47% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Kathryn Jewel Thorne, 9 January 1939, Houston, Texas, USA, 5 September 1999, League City, Texas, USA. Webster learned to play the piano as a child, playing hymn tunes when her mother was within earshot and Fats Domino and Chuck Berry tunes when she was not. She developed, in her words, ‘A funky left hand and a rollin’ right’, which talent led to her becoming Read more

Luther Allison - 44% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 August 1939, Mayflower, Arkansas, USA, d. 12 August 1997, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Born into a family where he was the fourteenth child of 15, the young Allison worked with his siblings in the local cotton fields. In his youth, guitarist Allison sang with a family gospel group and moved to Chicago in 1951, where he attended school with one of Muddy Waters’ children. Read more

Jimmy Dawkins - 43% match to Kenny Neal

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 October 1936, Tchula, Mississippi, USA. Dawkins taught himself to play blues guitar in the early 50s and moved to Chicago in 1957, forming his own band two years later, while also working club dates with bluesmen such as Jimmy Rogers and Magic Sam. Dawkins is an expressive singer and a strong, inventive guitarist, and in the latter capacity he has been called on for recor Read more


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