Richard Neal is a Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin), recording studio operator, producer, session musician, stringed instrument teacher, songwriter, and performer. Visit Richard at www.facebook.com/richardfneal.

A Step Up 

This new collection of recordings entitled "A Step Up" is being manufactured now and will be available at the end of March 2016. Check the shows page for CD release concert dates, the first being March 28 at Best Video in Hamden, CT.

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival 

Am looking forward to this weekend and the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA. I'll be appearing there with Korey and Co. this coming Saturday. See you there...

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...

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