HdG Jazz & Blues Fest Artist Spotlight: Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. In 2014, Mindi received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
Opening Act – Johnny Neel
Born blind, musically gifted and overflowing with soul, Johnny Neel cut his first record at the age of 12.
Today, he is well-known as one of the country’s most soulful and versatile players. Neel’s Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Country and Southern Rock all fused into one deep-rooted sound, renders him sought after by many top music industry professionals across the globe.
Johnny Neel is an amazingly gifted pianist, B-3 organist, and harmonica player,. Formerly with Allman Brothers (1989-1991), he is a Grammy Nominated Keyboardist, Singer/Songwriter, and a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Neel is best known for his songwriting. Among other chart topping hits, Neel co-wrote the Allman Brothers “Good Clean Fun” with Allman and Betts, which provided the Allman Brothers their first #1 hit in over 15 years. Many of Neel’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, Dickey Betts, Michael McDonald, John Louis Walker, Gov’t Mule, as well as cuts with HBO, FOX Sports and Disney.