August Dates For Young Neal & the Vipers - Sea Note tonight Aug.1
Be sure to catch a Young Neal & the Vipers show this summer. Neal
tears it up on stage. I vividly recall Neal in the BBS battle of the
blues bands several years ago. He jumped up on the huge bass-bins
they used to have at Harpers Ferry while shredding on the guitar for
the fans ten feet below him. The best way I can describe Neal's
show is that he's akin to the toughest club fightin' boxer around.
He doesn't pull any punches, rather he proves he's the best on the
block night after night.
- August -
Friday, August 1 - The Sea Note, Hull, MA
Saturday, August 2 - The End Zone Pub & Grill, Narragansett, RI
Friday, August 8 - The Ocean Beach, New London, CT
Saturday, August 9 - Private, Connecticut
Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 - Cap'n Nicks, Block Island, RI
Friday, August 22 - 125 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT
Saturday, August 23 - Private, Maine
Thursday, August 28 - The Hungry Tiger, Manchester, CT
Friday, August 29 - The Ocean Mist, Matunuck, RI
Saturday, August 30 - Gabriel's, Warren, RI
Neal Vitullo's spirit of musicality arrives as blues-laced fire,
forged through years of touring and sharpened through personal
experience. One can sense faith in his music and his guitar playing.
He doesn't get hung up on the blues' intricacies as much as he bear-
hugs them and charges forward with a sparkle in his eye and reckless
determination to make a stamp, a hole in the ground, some scorched
earth. Think there's nothing new in blues? Neal's fourth
effort, 'One's Enough' (King Snake) begs to differ.
Within, a balance of tales to relate with a sped-up grit that swings
as he leans into it. Slower, crystalline heartbreak and Stratocaster
It twinkles and gusts, as Vitullo nudges the edge forward in modern
electric blues in an oft-splashy manner that may ruffle the
tailfeathers of grizzled traditionalists.
Taking their cues, he marks the detailings with brushes of varying
sizes pinpointing nuance here, and sometimes using a paint roller to
wipe out the pain quicker. It's his thing, what he does well (besides
fishing), and once again he takes us down new avenues, with fresh
spins and glorious tradition.
- The Boston Phoenix -
Around New England, folks know that the place to find some hot, blues-
drenched guitar is wherever Young Neal & the Vipers happen to be
playing. And Neal Vitullo (it's the music that keeps him "young")
obliges with a grueling schedule that puts him in front of
appreciative audiences, practically seven nights a week.
While there's no substitute for Neal's live shows, his CDs let you
hear what the excitement is all about.
As Neal is quick to tell you, he lives to play the guitar. Check out
the searing licks of "Give Your Love (Back to Your Husband)," the
buoyant swing of "Retro Man," or the sheer virtuosity of Neal's take
on Roy Buchanan's "I Won't Tell You No Lies."
A tasty mix of original tunes and some of Neal's favorite songs by
the likes of Johnny Copeland, B.B. King, Arthur Alexander, and
Bobby "Blue" Bland, his CDs are an apt showcase for Neal's formidable
guitar talent, and with able support from Hub O'Neil on bass and Mike
LaBelle on drums.
There are nods to some of Neal's influences-Howlin' Wolf, Roy
Buchanan, B.B.-but always with enough individual heart and soul that
everything still comes out sounding like Neal.
-Andy Smith, The Providence Journal