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  posted on 3/14/2006 at 04:29 PM
This is a place to post opinions and thoughts ..so here goes. I alaways thought that regardless of how talented Johnny Neel is or is suppossed to be, His vibe never did quite fit the Brothers thing. EVERY time I saw the Bros. in Concert or on TV or heard a Bootleg,..I could count on Johnny's playing to be out of synch...badly timed or just nowhere near the groove the rest of the band was in. My guess is he's no longer with them, for that reason...Sorry Johnny!
 
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  posted on 8/26/2014 at 09:15 AM
saw Johnny sat in with the Mule the other night
 
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  posted on 11/16/2013 at 08:15 PM
Johnny and Jack played with the Mule in Nashville in September 2013. Great show!

 

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  posted on 5/2/2011 at 07:29 AM
nothing new ?
 
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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 02:50 PM
hope Johnny does some Blues Festivals this summer
 
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  posted on 12/30/2010 at 08:06 AM
any tour news on Johnny ?
 
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  posted on 7/21/2010 at 10:22 AM
no news
 
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  posted on 1/31/2010 at 09:22 AM
does anyone know what Johnny is up to these days?
 
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  posted on 10/12/2009 at 08:39 AM
haven't heard much about him this year
 
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  posted on 7/27/2009 at 02:36 PM
I gotta agree with almost everything in this thread... re: "fit"

i even agree with this statement

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gotta hear comin attcha huge fan of Johnnys...seen him play local Delaware Scene..Late 70's early 80's. met him also great guy.


I like Johnny, saw him again about a year or two ago with Dickey @ Vinoy Park in Florida... he has not changed

 

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  posted on 7/27/2009 at 02:36 PM
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Thank heavens the vast majority sees & hears Johnny for the great musician he is -- trying to paint him as the next-era Mike Lawler, the short-lived keyboard player people like to dislike, is ignorant. I thought Johnny was great with the Brothers, and bet anything his other recordings are even better. 11/7/90 Richmond VA is one of my favorite cassettes, & Johnny smokes on Elizabeth Reed.


Hey Stephen... By no means do I even put Lawler and J. Neel in the same class. Not what this guy meant. I always thought that somebody in the band owed Lawler a BIG favor...haha.... Neel, on the other hand can flat out play, he is a multi-talented guy who plays a lot of instruments very well. I just don't hear the meshing of styles, the convergence of melody that this band is famous for when J. Neel solos. Very rarely anyway.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2008 at 09:07 AM
plays in Delaware preety often
 
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  posted on 3/18/2008 at 09:04 AM
gotta hear comin attcha huge fan of Johnnys...seen him play local Delaware Scene..Late 70's early 80's. met him also great guy.

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 10:31 AM
Johnny will be playing June Jam in Deleware with Dan
 
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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 12:25 PM
No offense but the Harp solo in Come On In My Kitchen on Unplugged is just straight up awful.

 

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  posted on 1/6/2008 at 10:33 PM
Love the man
Great musician

 

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  posted on 1/6/2008 at 09:18 PM
hope he plays more blues fests this year
 
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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 11:13 PM

I love his solo in the middle of True Gravity

 

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  posted on 12/8/2007 at 12:47 PM
Pan flute would be awesome in the ABB. Maybe Kofi Burbridge could do it.
I too thought Johnny Neel didn't quite gel with ABB, but I think he's a great player. His solo work and with Dickey Betts, Mule, X2, and Blue Floyd are all very good. He seems to play against the beat in the some songs which isn't necessarily bad but unusual in the ABB. Usually when they're really swinging and in the groove they sound like one big instrument and occasionally he played against that. I remember seeing a VH1 special about Seven Turns and the return of the ABB where he didn't seem as happy to be in the band as Warren & Woody were. I've also heard that all original members but Gregg wanted to skip the extra keyboard player for the reunion so maybe there was some tension because of that. Johnny Neel was probably just a victim of circumstances. That said, I love True Gravity and his live renditions of IMOER. I just got a copy of his album Late Night Breakfast which is pretty kick-ass.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 09:20 PM

 
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  posted on 11/19/2007 at 07:32 AM
I too believe Johnny Neel to be a Talented Musician. Zamfir, Plays a Hell of a Pan Flute... But I don't care to see him in the ABB...

 

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  posted on 11/15/2007 at 09:02 PM
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  posted on 11/13/2007 at 08:08 AM
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I'm listening to johnny's cd 'comin atcha live'. It is great. Look at some of the players.

Scotty Hawkins Drums
Tim Loftin Bass
Delbert McClinton Harmonica
Jack Pearson Guitar

I was also listening recently to one of the abb 1990 shows. Johnny was kind of 'out of sync' with the band on 'jessica'. But he was playing a great song a different way from the way it had been played before.

His piano had almost a gospel feel and then a doctor john feel and then he segued into the wonderful bridge that led to dickey stepping up. So i have a lot of admiration for johnny and would like to hear more of him.



I was at the taping of this show..... 2 nights.....

There are some songs that got cut.....

One of my top music nights in my life...

Oh yeah..... Johnny has a way out there groove all his own & sometimes is a little out there for most , but man when ya git it ........IT'S GREAT......

 

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  posted on 10/24/2007 at 07:30 PM
I'm listening to johnny's cd 'comin atcha live'. It is great. Look at some of the players.

Scotty Hawkins Drums
Tim Loftin Bass
Delbert McClinton Harmonica
Jack Pearson Guitar

I was also listening recently to one of the abb 1990 shows. Johnny was kind of 'out of sync' with the band on 'jessica'. But he was playing a great song a different way from the way it had been played before.

His piano had almost a gospel feel and then a doctor john feel and then he segued into the wonderful bridge that led to dickey stepping up. So i have a lot of admiration for johnny and would like to hear more of him.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2007 at 02:48 PM
saw Johnny in Aug. grate show
 
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