Neil's first love was the theatre and he grew up acting in various productions all over Northern California. Music came late to him, sometime during college, where he discovered a love of writing and singing music. He took up the guitar and began recording his various ramblings on the first of what would become thousands of cassettes. Over time, he developed his retro-tinged style, and a unique tone and texture in his singing.
Still, many years of theatre, travel, heartache and odd-jobbery passed by before he came to perform his music or record it for release to the public. It was a warm, encouraging welcome at hallowed Bay Area open mics such as San Francisco’s Hotel Utah and Berkeley’s Starry Plough that gave Neil the impetus to persevere and furthur develop his style. Along with upright bassist Roy Elder and drummer Joey “Sunset” Gusich, both also singer-songwriters from the Hotel Utah fold, Neil formed “The New Black Trio,” playing clubs and recording a series of live tracks at Alex Muscat’s Last Stop Records. Soon after losing Gusich back to his own project, Neil began working with recent NYC-transplant, drummer/producer Jamie Moore on breaking down a selection of songs and working them up for a record.
Neil moved to NYC shortly after recording Moore’s drum tracks and Elder’s bass parts with Muscat at his Last Stop studio. In New York, Moore introduced Neil to producer Dan Stein, whose King Kuts studio in Brooklyn became home to the ongoing project. Many months later, after working with stellar musicians such as Steve Walsh (ERASURE) and Jamie Fox (JEN CHAPIN), the record known as “BOTTLE LETTER” was completed. It was mastered by Scott Hull (JOHN MAYER, ELVIS COSTELLO) and is officially slated for release April 1, 2007, with pre-promotion currently underway.
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