Richard Neal is a Connecticut based multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin), recording studio operator, producer, session musician, stringed instrument teacher, songwriter, and performer

Rex and the Rockabilly Kings 

Rex and the Rockabilly Kings, or All About Elvis from 1954 through 1962, features my buddy Rex Fowler. He will be appearing at Daryl's Clubhouse in Pauling, NY (the former Towne Crier) tomorrow night, January 8 at 8 PM with his authentic 4-piece Rockabilly band. The show features Rex's short documentary film "200 Cadillacs" followed by a long set of early Elvis classics. This is Elvis's actual 81st birthday celebration, so wear your blue suede shoes and bouffant dos. Make sure to arrive early in order to enjoy the great food they serve there, too.

2016 

On the eve of the New Year a look ahead reveals some interesting stuff in the works: the return of the Flagpole Radio Cafe at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown on February 27; the release of my new collection of recordings in early spring; an appearance at the Joe Val bluegrass festival in February. Plus more to come--stay tuned...

Shows This Week 

The Birdmen tonight at Outer Space, and on Saturday at the Great American General Store in Seymour. Get into the spirit of things at these great venues...

Farewells... 

Last week I bid final farewells to two close friends who also happened to be superb musicians: John Redgate and Paul Triff.

One of the nicest guys you would ever meet, John was an accomplished songwriter and player who appeared on Broadway in Beatlemania playing the Paul character to Marshall Crenshaw's John. John also worked for a number of years as the house pianist at LA's Comedy Store. John died after a long struggle with cancer.

Paul was my roommate on the road for years as we traveled through the US as members of Chris Berardo's crew the Desberardos. He also toured extensively with the likes of Rick Danko and Mick Taylor, to name a few. He was also one of the funniest people I ever knew.

May you rest in peace my brothers...

Labor Day weekend... 

Finds me twice at New Haven's Cafe 9: on Friday the 4th with the Birdmen (Johnny Java, John L, Johnny Memphis plus special guests Frank Critelli, Calvin DeCutlass, and Chris Bousquet) and again on Monday the 7th as part of the band supplying music to Nilsson's "The Point". See you there...

This Week... 

Couple of interesting shows on the horizon: our monthly event at The Acoustic in Bridgeport takes place this coming Thursday 27 August. It features the renowned musical alchemist Stacy Phillips and the Bluegrass Characters. This is some fine trad bluegrass played by guys who really know what they're doing.

On Sunday the 30th I take the stage with Chris Berardo and the Desberardos at Westport's Levitt Pavillion. It's been a couple years since I've joined forces with the fellas and I am way excited to be back in the mix.

See you there...

Summer's End... 

...Is the beginning of the harvest season: lot's of fresh produce and good music. I'll be at my favorite performance space, Best Video, this coming Friday, 21 August with 3 great fiddlers, Howie Bujese, Tahlia Cott, and Sofia Chiarandini. Gotta hear these guys, what a sound!

Couple Cafe 9 appearances: another Birdmen show on September 4th with special guests Frank Critelli, Calvin DeCutlass, and Christopher Bousquet; plus a very interesting date on the 7th: Dean Falcone has put together a performance of "The Point". We will render Harry Nilsson's score to narration. This is an event--hope to see you there...

On the studio scene, I'm in the process of recording a collection of original compositions, hope to have it largely complete by September. I am indebted to my buddy Rex Fowler who is overseeing the project. His input and guidance has been invaluable. Without it this never would have happened--and certainly not as good as it is turning out.

Stand by, more news to come...

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The Flagpole Radio Cafe

Edmond Town Hall , 45 Main Street, Newtown, Ct

The return of the Cafe! Very excited to be back on stage with the cast and crew of this most marvelous show. Phil Bowler and Friends featuring vocalist Melissa Newman join us as featured guest artists.

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