born in Washington, USA (his dad was American Indian, his mother German), Neal started his career on the Texas Blues scene, opening shows for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar & the Howlers, Johnny Copeland, George Thorogood, Leon Russell, Paul Butterfield, the Nighthawks and many more. He studied music with Jazz greats like Barney Kessel, Lenny Breau, Herb Ellis and Jacky King.
Neal moved on to New York City beginning of the 1990’s performing with his own new project “The Healers” as well as working late night sessions with Joan Osborne, the Holmes Brothers and Popa Chubby. He quickly gained a great reputation as guitarist/performer/songwriter, and then decided to head to Mexico in the year 2000, where he spent almost 3 years touring in concert venues and at all the major blues festivals. It is in Mexico that he recorded “Dreams are for Losers”, later released by Dixiefrog in Europe.
He also worked as a professor of music at the Pan American University there, collaborating at the same time, in concert and at the studio, with legendary Mexican/Cuban artist José Fors and his band Forseps and other artists.
From 2004 onwards and up to now, Neal tours Europe regularly with his band “Neal Black & the Healers”, living between the South of France and the USA. He is also still working as a producer, songwriter and guitarist on projects for other artists.
In 2005, Neal Black was nominated in France/Europe for the “Trophee du Blues” as “Best Modern Electric Blues Guitarist”.
In 2007, Neal Black’s album “HANDFUL OF RAIN” was Number 1 on the French Blues Radio Charts, while receiving great reviews in the U.S.A and across Europe.
In 2011, another Neal Black production made it to Number 1 on the French Blues Radio Charts: “SOMETIMES THE TRUTH” with special guests Popa Chubby, Mason Casey, Fred Chapellier and Nico Wayne Toussaint, was recorded in France and New York City and was followed up by more than 200 concerts in 2012/2013…
Neal Black has recorded 9 Albums for DIXIEFROG Records during the past 20 years, being longer than any other artist on this label.