Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Soup of the Day #8: Johnny Neel & The Criminal Element- Sum of it All

Although not a household name, Johnny Neel is a Grammy award nominee recognized in the music world for his work with the Allman Brothers, Lonnie Mack and Gov't Mule, among others. In addition to his soulful vocals, harp, piano and B-3 proficiency, Johnny is an accomplished songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of the Allman Brothers, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall, Irma Thomas, Ann Peebles, Marie Osmond, the Oak Ridge Boys and Travis Tritt.

Johnny met Nashville based band Mile 8 in 2001 through a mutual friend and his band, Chef Dave. Frequently sitting in and jamming with Mile 8 led to a musical friendship that would last for years to come. Curt Redding and Randy Boen had plenty of experience backing up Johnny and Russell Wright had stepped in on bass with Mile 8 near its end and developed an immediate connection to Curt and his drumming. When Johnny sprung the idea of this band, The Criminal Element was born.

"Sum of It All" is a hard, plowing ride through the classic blues-rock sounds of the 70s, infectious Dr. John-like wails, and modern jam band influences. Johnny and his band provide a flawless classic rock composition that will have baby boomers and beyond bashing their bare knuckles against their stomachs in mock air guitar motions to the opening riff and accompanying solos.

For those that say rock and roll is dead, click the link above and hear it come to life.

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