- Released: May 22, 2001
- Label: Telarc
JazzTimes - 9/01, p.89
"...Kenny conveys a depth of feeling that cannot be denied..."
Living Blues - 7-8/01, pp.54,57
"...There's no denying Neal's significance on the modern blues scene. He celebrates his Louisiana roots and blues pedigree...on every track...while maintaining his own distinctive identity..."
- 1.No More One More Chance
- 3.Lovers Will
- 4.Walk Out in the Rain
- 5.One Step Closer to the Blues
- 6.Hidden in Plain Sight
- 7.High on a Hilltop
- 8.Back Door Tipper
- 9.Congo Square
- 10.You Care
- 11.Whiskey Tears
- 12.She Ain't Happy Unless She's Sad
Personnel includes: Kenny Neal (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Denny Breau (guitar); Mary Jo Carlsen (violin); T-Bone Wolk (mandolin, accordion, bass); Jason Ward (baritone saxophone); Darren Thiboutot (drums); Andrea Re (percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at The Studio, Portland, Maine in January 2000. Includes liner notes by Mike Emery.
Personnel: Kenny Neal (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica); Denny Breau (guitar); T-Bone Wolk (mandolin, accordion); Darren Thiboutot (drums); Andrea Re (percussion, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Lincoln Clapp.
Recording information: The Studio, Portland, ME (01/2001).
On Kenny Neal's third Telarc release, One Step Closer, he combines the Louisiana musical traditions he grew up listening to with a wide range of contemporary material. Among the 12 tracks are soul-blues renditions of Bob Dylan's "Walk Out in the Rain," Nick Lowe's "High on a Hilltop," and John Hiatt's "Lover's Will." Neal's developing skills as a songwriting have been convincingly affected by roots rock and Americana, as showcased on "Backdoor Tipper," "No More One More Chance," "Whiskey Tears," and "She Ain't Happy Unless She's Sad." ~ Al Campbell