Accomplished both on stage and in the studio, Neil’s career includes national touring and the release of the 1993 Copperhead album for PolyGram, produced by legendary producer, the late Tom Dowd. Although Copperhead had some national success, it disbanded in 1995. Fans of the hard rockin’ southern band still follow Neil’s career and will be pleasantly surprised at the metamorphosis of this artist.
Neil was raised on the music of his many relatives in Carolina who play bluegrass, old time Appalachian folk and Southern gospel music. He is influenced by a diverse group of legends, from John Lennon to The Band, Bob Dylan to Bob Segar, Johnny Cash to Waylon Jennings and, of course, Toy Caldwell and the Van Zandt brothers. Neil has spent the better part of ten years slowly cultivating his new direction, writing and recording songs, culminating in the completion of his two solo releases Good Man’s Journey and Keep You Guessing.
Neil loved the Memphis sound from Elvis to Al Green – real Delta Blues. Neil kept coming across the name of record producer, Tom Dowd, while reading the credits off of the many albums he loved, from the Allman Brothers, Derrick and the Dominos, Lynyrd Skynyrd all the way to Rod Stewart and Booker T and the MGs. Neil finally got to work with the master as Tom Dowd produced many songs on the Copperhead album.
Neil recalls the last conversation with Tom as being spiritual. Tom told him “keep the faith.”
I pray he is in heaven arranging some of those boring hymns and adding some slide guitar, but I bet the time, the click, and the bippem is right on the beat, perfect — Neil Carswell
Keep You Guessing has been called a great southern blues-rock album in the tradition of the Allman Brothers Band.
The roster of well-known players on the record include: Stu Kimball (producer, guitarist), Chris Anderson (guitarist, The Outlaws and Blackhawk), Johnny Neil (keyboards, The Allman Brothers and Govt. Mule), Larry Campbell (multi-instrumentalist, guitarist for Levon Helm), Don Herron (multi-instrumentalist, Bob Dylan and BR549) Judd Fuller (bassist, Rodney Atkins), Kevin Rapillo (drummer, Rodney Atkins) Barry Goudreau (Grammy winning Guitarist, Boston) as well as Victor Krauss (bassist), Mike Levesque (drums) and Kim Keyes (vocalist).
Neil’s newest project is Soul Ties.
Here is a track called “War (Freedom Fighters)” by Neil Carswell featuring Chris Anderson. This single was debuted worldwide on The Roadhouse Revival radio show on the Armed Forces Network, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Fallen Heroes Fund.