Kenny Neal Inducted Into Louisana Music Hall of Fame
October 24, 2011
Modern swamp blues master Kenny Neal has been inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In ceremonies in Erwinville, LA, just miles from his family roots, Kenny was surprised by his own induction after being part of the induction of his father, legendary bluesman Raful Neal.
| Kenny and his mom Shirley
Kenny comes from a family that is replete with accomplished musicians. LMHOF Executive Director Mike Shepherd said that "while he had the whole Neal family on hand, Kenny needed to be honored as well as Raful." He further explained that, in keeping with LMHOF procedures, "I made sure that the legend and patriarch, Raful, was inducted prior to Kenny, just to keep things in perspective." He added that, "It is a great pleasure for me to add my friend, and one of the best blues talents in the world, Kenny Neal, to the LMHOF, especially with virtually the entire Neal family on hand." Also inducted that evening were pianist Henry Gray and the late great Slim Harpo.
Said Kenny, "I had been planning all week for this event, making sure it would go well, just out of the respect for my dad, Raful Neal. Not having a clue what was in store for me. My mom and I accepted my dad's award. Then they said they have a very special announcement to make. And when they called my name as being the next one to be inducted into LMHOF, I was totally stunned. I thought that was the coolest thing for my dad and I to be inducted at the same time, because as a kid growing up, we always did things together. I'm sure he was enjoying every minute of it. R.I.P., Pops."
The LMHOF induction is just the latest honor for the talented multi-instrumentalist, who was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. Kenny recently received the "Blues Song of the Year" Jus' Blues Award for the title track of his most recent CD, Hooked On Your Love.
That album was also named the winner of the 2011 Critics' Poll Living Blues Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year." Living Blues said, "Maturity, joy that sounds both spiritually charged and hard-won, deep blues passion, and impeccable musicianship - what more can a blues-loving listener ask for?" Offbeat magazine called the release "an instant modern blues classic."
Kenny's critically acclaimed 2008 comeback release, Let Life Flow, also raked in the accolades: three prestigious Album Of The Year awards, two Song of The Year awards for the title track, and Kenny himself garnered two Artist of the Year honors.
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