Johnny Neel brought some deep south blues to Bear on Thursday night that provided some relief from a day’s worth of depressing news.
The Delaware native whoresides in Nashville makes the rounds in his home state from time to time. On a cool late September evening, Neel paid a visit to Game-Changers in Bear and quickly heated up the joint.
It was the third time we had been to a Neel appearance and it won’t be the last.
Where else could have you have heard Neel’s haunting, hard-driving version of the Hank Williams standard, I’m so Lonely I could Cry, or theMarshall Tucker Band ’s mainstay Can’t You See, complete with a detour into the Beatles’ Hey Jude?
Neel gained a degree offame as he toured with the revived Allman Brothers, as well as bands like Government Mule, and Allman Brothers member Dickie Betts’ own band.
Neel has enjoyed a long career in Nashville as a session player and songwriter. His vocal and songwriting gifts have even made their way to Disney films.
Neel’s band can effortlessly conjure up an Allman Brothers’ style jam that takes you to a Georgia roadhouse or a New Orleans dive on a hot summer night. It is a journey worth taking.
Neel is appearing in coming days at Triton Marina near Elkton, Argilla Brewing east of Newark and Twin Lakes Brewing in Newport Clickhere for details.
Enjoy your weekend and check out some live music. – Doug and Sharon Rainey.