Lil’ Ray Neal Blues Band
Blues singer-guitarist Lil’ Ray Neal, son of singer-harmonica player Raful Neal, and the third eldest of 10 siblings, began his career at 12 years old in his hometown, Baton Rouge. He and his brothers grew up playing in their father’s store, but by their teens they were touring with the band of blues-and-boogie legend John Lee Hooker. For roughly 40 years now, Lil’ Ray has played for some of the greatest names in Blues and R&B including Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Little Milton Campbell, Muddy Waters, Bobby Rush, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and, most recently, the beloved B.B. King.
Big George Brock
Big George Brock, also known as “King of the St. Louis Blues,” has been making his mark in the blues industry for nearly 70 years. A Mississippi native, Big George Brock spent his youth sharecropping, playing his harmonica, and traveling with blues legend Muddy Waters. Since migrating to St. Louis in 1949, he has played with many other blues icons such as his friend Muddy Waters, Albert King, Little Milton and Jimmy Reed. One of his claims to fame is creating the title song for the film “M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues.”