JazzTimes - 4/95, p.83
"...a tight four-piece ensemble...frames [Neal's] soulful vocals and wailing guitar and harmonica....While Neal's unit has a modern, polished sound, it's far from sterile. His crying Tele-squeezed phrases...ring with an honesty that's as real as anything from the past..."
Living Blues - 11-12/94, pp.67-68
"...When Neal proudly proclaims he's Carrying The Torch for the genre's tradition, believe him--but be aware he's propelling it into new, exciting directions as well....another standout entry in Kenny Neal's remarkably consistent discography..."
Personnel: Kenny Neal (guitar, harmonica, vocals); Bill Samuel (tenor saxophone); Bob Greenlee (baritone saxophone); Bruce Staelens (trumpet); Lucky Peterson, Dwight Champagne (keyboards); Noel Neal (bass); Ken Johnson (drums).
Producers: Kenny Neal, Bob Greenlee, Bruce Iglauer.
Recorded at Kingsnake Studios, Sanford, Florida.
Personnel: Kenny Neal (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Lucky Peterson (keyboards); Ken Johnson (drums); Bill "Foots" Samuel (tenor saxophone); Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee (baritone saxophone); Bruce Staelens (trumpet); Dwight Champagne, Dwight Champaign (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Julian Herzfeld.
Recording information: Kingsnake Studios, Sanford, FL.
Neal is one of the most impressive young blues artists on the scene today -- a fact borne out by the contents of this collection. Ably backed by a band that includes his brother Noel on bass and keyboardist Lucky Peterson, Neal indulges in a couple of covers this time, but the majority of the disc is original and incendiary. ~ Bill Dahl