In 1984, Neal returned to Baton Rouge, where he quickly recruited a band that was capable of supporting his expanding musical ideas. Besides playing his own music, Neal could also be found backing his father, as well as many other Baton Rouge blues artists.
"Baton Rouge is a great blues town," states Neal emphatically. "There's a lot of history here and I feel like I'm helping to carry on the tradition."
In 1986, Kenny met a Florida blues fan, Bob Greenlee, who was interested in starting his own label. The result of their meeting was Bio On The Bayou , released on Greenlee's Kingsnake label. Soon after, the album came to the attention of Alligator Records, who quickly agreed to re-release the LP after remixing it and adding three new cuts. This superb blues album will introduce Neal to a broader audience and hopefully many more Alligator releases will follow.
Not surprisingly, Neal remains firmly committed to playing the blues the way it should be played, adding his own forceful touches of originality. "The blues is the real thing," he concludes. "It's about real people and real situations. It's about what's around me in my life."
Reviews"(1988) Son of Louisiana bluesman Raful Neal, Kenny's a triple threat on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Undeniably contemporary, authentic young bluesman just bursting with ideas" - Blues & Rhythm