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Johnny Neel
Johnny (* blind 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware) cut his first single at the age of twelve, as "Johnny Neel and The Shapes Of Soul". As an adult, the Johnny Neel Band had a strong following up and down the East Coast. Johnny moved to Nashville, the premiere song writing city, in 1984, where he immediately became recognized a session A studio player. Others began to notice Johnny's songwriting talent and decided to take advantage by recording his songs on their albums.
Performing with various bands in area clubs drew the attention of former Nashville resident Dickey Betts, who asked Johnny to join his road band. Johnny's talented keyboard and harp playing convinced Gregg Allman to ask him to tour with his road band. Johnny decided to join the reunited Allman Brothers Band. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, John Louis Walker and many others. Johnny is a recipient of the Life Time Achievment Award from the 2012 Grammy's with his work with the Allman Brothers.
In 2000, Johnny released "Late Night Breakfast", which was recorded at his studio, Straight Up Sound Studio, with the members of his band "The Last Word" and special guests such as Shane Theriot (The Neville Brothers), Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac) and Wayne Jackson (The Memphis Horns). This record was released on Johnny's label, Breakin' Records, which showcased his pleading vocals as well as brilliant piano, B3 and harp work.
During that same period of time the recordings were made, Johnny also became a member of Blue Floyd, a premiere jam band with variations on the material of Pink Floyd. He toured with the Italian rock band W.I.N.D. in 2002.
In 2010, he released a solo effort titled "Harmonious" with a mini documentary that featured an intimate side of Johnny never seen or heard before. In 2012 Johnny released his eighth solo effort titled "Every Kinda' Blues", this release has every kind of blues that you never heard before. In 2016, Johnny celebrated 50 years in music with his double CD "66/16". This CD included Johnny's favorite cuts from 1996 to 2016.
homepage: www.johnnyneel.com
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Highway 90
Shose Records 1970-65

Shane Theriot, guitar, vocals
Eric Struthers, guitar
Jeffery Scott Wills, soprano sax
Johnny Neel, Hammond C-3 organ, voice
Art Neville, organ
Tom Reynolds, keyboards, piano
Randy Hoexter, piano
Jo-El Sonnier, accordion
Victor Wooten, bass
Paul Chapman, bass
Adam Nitti, bass
Kim Stone, bass
Willie Green, drums
J.D. Blair, drums
David Northrup, drums
Jim Roberts, percussion
Earl Smith, vocals
Nick Daniels, vocals
Compass Records 7 4395 2
recorded June 2003 in Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN/USA
Jeff Coffin, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, percussion, vocals
Kirk Whalum, soprano sax
Rahsaan Barber, tenor sax
Roy Agee, trombone, percussion, vocals
Roland Barber, trombone
Rod McGaha, trumpet
Joe Murphy, tuba
Pat Bergeson, guitar, vocals
Béla Fleck, banjo
Chris Thile, mandolin
Johnny Neel, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
Tyler Wood, Hammond organ, piano, percussion, vocals
Paul Brantley, cello
Derek Jones, bass
Victor Wooten, bass, vocals
Jeff Sipe, drums, percussion, vocals
Derico Watson, drums, tambourine
Future Man, percussion
W.O. Smith Community Music School Choir
Renaissance Man Recordings RMD021909
recorded in New Orleans, LA and Nashville, TN/USA
Adam Nitti, bass
Jeff Coffin, tenor sax
Marco Sfogli, guitar
Shane Theriot, guitar
Phil Keaggy, guitar
Tom Quayle, guitar
Steve Cunningham, guitar
Mike Whittaker, keyboards
Alex Argento, keyboards
Johnny Neel, Hammond B-3 organ
Marcus Finnie, drums
Marco Minnemann, drums
Doug Belote, drums
Every Kinda' Blues
Silverwolf SWC1117
recorded in Nashville, TN/USA
Johnny Neel, organ, harmonica, keyboards, vocals
Anthony Basso, guitar
Luke Davis, guitar
Danny Hamlin, guitar
Eldon Huff, guitar, vocals
Doug Jones, guitar
Kenny Meeks, guitar
Jack Pearson, guitar
Fabio Drusin, bass, harmonica
Dennis Gulley, bass
Silver Bassin, drums
Daryl Burgess, drums
Curt Redding, drums
Keio Stroud, drums, percussion
South Louisiana Blues
Frank Roszak GR 102

Smoky Greenwell, harmonica, tenor sax, vocals
Jack Kolb, guitar
Joe Krown, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Johnny Neel, Hammond B-3 organ
David Hyde, bass
Doug Belote, drums
Willie Pankar, drums
Pete Bradish, drums
Clean Break
Breakin Records

Johnny Neel, organ, keyboards, vocals
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