Kenny Neal's Big 50 celebration at Teddy' Juke Joint
Wed Oct 17 14:33:13 EDT 2007
Alex Cook 's take on Lil' Dave Thompson, Mem Shannon, and Kenny Neal @
Teddy's Juke Joint back on Sunday.
I was met with the glorious noise of guitars arcing out into the night sky above Teddy's Juke Joint. Mem Shannon had jumped in on the tail end of Lil Dave Thompson's set, and the two guitar sharpshooters took turns putting their crosshairs on the blues. I really love Lil Dave's playing, a hyperkinetic barrage of melody that still follows the river of the song and having Mem Shannon alongside only made it better. But the real occasion was Kenny Neal's 50th birthday, and soon enough the man of honor took to the stage inside. Kenny Neal is a singular guitarist in the blues; he coaxes everything from moaning whalesong to ground-shaking thunderclaps from that beat-up guitar of his. He makes it seem so effortless, yet as epic as a solar flare. That's the thing about music close to its roots: It only serves to make it flower stronger.
"Colliding with the very air she breathes"
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