NEAL BLACK, from San Antonio,Texas is one the most important American artists on the Blues scene today....
His music is rooted in Texas tradition, but NEAL BLACK is no imitator, He is an innovator. A powerful performer,
a gifted songwriter, and a transcendental guitarist .
NEAL BLACK is one of the hottest talents to emerge from Texas in over a decade...
John Swenson , ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Do we really need another blues-based guitar-slinging singer from Texas? Hell, if they can play this good, why not?
Neal Black plays a meaty, gristle-choked guitar and sings like the Marlboro Man at the end of a long day.
He's somewhere between the Allman Brothers, Howlin' Wolf and Merle Haggard but with a darker disposition than any of them.
Jim Trageser, Music Journalist , San Diego ,CALIFORNIA
Neal Black is a refreshing change as he chops and channels the standard Blues Rock format into a
souped up Hendrix meets Johnny Winter. As a vocalist Black sounds like a white Howling Wolf or a black Tom Waits “
Ron Young , SAN ANTONIO LIGHT ,TEXAS
“Stevie Ray's demise brings a battalion of guitarists reaching for the Grail.Texas fretmaster Neal Black
is one of the best we've heard in a while .Neal Black racks so many hairpins into his debut you'd swear the
furies of hell were on his trail “
Ted Drozdowski , PULSE MAGAZINE & BOSTON PHOENIX ,NEW YORK /BOSTON
NEAL BLACK, Texas Blues Rock , Roots Musician, has spent the last 30 years electrifying audiences around the World with his fusion of Blues, Rock, Jazz ,Roots Music. Referred to by one critic as " THE MASTER OF HIGH VOLTAGE TEXAS BOOGIE" and Rolling Stone Music Critics gave 4**** reviews to NEAL BLACK's first 2 releases,
NEAL BLACK's guitarist credits include performances on stage or in the studio with Blues /Rock legends like Popa Chubby, Jimmy Dawkins, Lucky Peterson, Johnnie Johnson, The Chambers Brothers, Papa John Creach, Chuck Berry, Elliott Murphy , Jennifer Batten , Michael Jones , John Sebastian(ex- The Doors), Dan Baird (ex-Georgia Sattelites), Gerardo Velez (ex-Jimi Hendrix)
Gib Wharton (ex-Van Morrison, Cassandra Wilson) ,Harvey Brooks (ex-Bob Dylan ), Jon Paris (ex-Johnny Winter), Jose Fors & Forseps (Legendary Mexican Artist/Musician), Alabama Slim, Archie Lee Hooker , Fred Chapellier & Billy Price (vocalist for Roy Buchanan) ,and others...
NEAL BLACK has recorded 9 Albums for DIXIEFROG Records during the past 20 years, being longer than any other artist on the European label. In the U.S.A, his records are available on the FLYING FISH/DELUGE label, ALLEGRO distribution, and HARMONIA MUNDI distribution.
NEAL BLACK is also featured on POLYGRAM Records Compilation "BLUES STORY" where he appears on 4 Volumes of the compilation series with legendary Blues artists like Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry and others...
NEAL BLACK has performed in 21 countries at major festivals & venues including MONTREAL International Jazz Festival (Canada), WOODSTOCK 20th anniversary (New York), GUADALAJARA Blues Fest (Mexico), LE BATACLAN (Paris,France), ANTONE'S (Texas), MONTREUX Jazz Festival (Switzerland), RIVER BLUES FEST (Philadelphia), BRAGDOYA Blues (Norway), LONESTAR ROADHOUSE (N.Y.C), PUISTOBLUES (Finland), NEW MORNING (Paris,France), CASTLEBAR Blues (Ireland), WENDELSTEIN Music Fest (Germany), CAHORS Blues Festival (France), ISOLA LIRI BLUES FEST (Italy), GASTROBLUES Fest (Hungary), HELL BLUES Fest (Norway), and many others...
In the 1980's NEAL BLACK was a regular on the TEXAS BLUES SCENE, opening shows for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar & The Howlers, Johnny Copeland, George Thorogood, Leon Russell, Paul Butterfield, Lou Ann Barton, Rick Derringer, Lonnie Mack, Sir Douglas Quintet, Savoy Brown, The Nighthawks, and many, many others. Also during this period, NEAL BLACK studied music at The Southwest Guitar Conservatory under Jazz greats like Barney Kessel, Lenny Breau, Herb Ellis and Jacky King...
In the 1990's NEAL BLACK moved to NEW YORK CITY where he quickly gained a reputation as a respected Guitarist/Performer/Songwriter. NEAL BLACK was a regular not only with his own project "THE HEALERS", but also was seen at many a late night JAM SESSION playing with Popa Chubby, Joan Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, etc.
In 2000, NEAL BLACK headed to MEXICO, where spent almost 3 years touring the "HARD ROCK CAFE"circuit and performing Blues festivals throughout. During his time in MEXICO, Neal recorded the Critically acclaimed "DREAMS ARE FOR LOSERS". He was also a Professor of music at Pan American University and collaborated often on stage/Studio with Legendary Mexican/Cuban Artist & Musician, JOSE FORS & his Band FORSEPS...
2004 - 2014, NEAL BLACK tours regularly throughout Europe with his band "NEAL BLACK & THE HEALERS", living between South of France and USA and working as a Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist for projects with other Artists.
2005, NEAL BLACK was nominated in France/Europe for The Trophee du Blues as "Best Modern Electric Blues Guitarist".
2007, NEAL BLACK's Album "HANDFUL OF RAIN" was NUMBER ONE on the France Blues Radio Charts, receiving great reviews in The U.S.A & Europe .
2011, NEAL BLACK released "SOMETIMES THE TRUTH" which also reached NUMBER ONE on the France Blues Radio Charts with special guests Popa Chubby, Mason Casey, Fred Chapellier, Nico Wayne Toussaint. The album was recorded in France and New York City and was followed up by more than 200 concerts in 2012/2013...
NEW ALBUM " BEFORE DAYLIGHT " RELEASED MARCH 2014,, was Number One on the France Blues Radio Charts,, Album Of the Week on Belgium National Radio,, Album of the Week on Netherlands National Radio ,, received 5 Star Reviews in Germany Press,,And Heavy Airplay in the U.S.A on B.B KINGS BLUESVILLE Sattelite Radio program !!