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X2 Johnny Neel Matt Abts

by X2 Johnny Neel Matt Abts

Experimental duo CD with Johnny Neel, formerly of the Allman Bros. and drummer Matt Abts of Gov't Mule.
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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1. X-1
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2. Pearl
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3. Inside, Outside
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4. Digi Funk
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5. Morning Twilight
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6. Devil's Soiree
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7. Over The Wall
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8. That's the Fact
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9. X-Too
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Roots Rock, Blues, Southern Delta Boogie, New Orleans Swamp Funk, call it what you want, it's here, It's the real deal, it's me."- Johnny Neel

Born in Delaware, Johnny cut his first single at the age of twelve. As an adult, the Johnny Neel Band had a strong following up and down the East Coast and released two well-received independent albums.

Johnny moved to Nashville in 1984. As an "A" player in studio sessions, he found his own songs being cut by Keith Whitley, Restless Heart, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Forrester Sisters, John Mayall, Ann Peebles and Travis Tritt.

Moonlighting in area clubs drew the attention of Dicky Betts. That relationship led to seven cuts on the "Pattern Disruptive" LP.

In 1990 Johnny joined the Allman Brothers Band. A massively successful tour followed. "Good Clean Fun", co-written by Johnny, provided the reunited Allmans with their highest charting single since "Ramblin' Man." Johnny was also Grammy nominated for his keyboard work on the instrumental cut, 'True Gravity" from the "Seven Turns" LP.

A man with boundless energy, Johnny still manages to juggle studio work, local club gigs, road work and hit song writing, and somehow maintains his sanity. Referring to his hectic life, Johnny says, "They say you can't do it all; Hell, I'm trying to prove 'em wrong!"

Matt Abts was born in Oklahoma. Growing up he was an army brat who lived on military bases all over the world before finally settling in Virginia at age 16. Matt met Warren Haynes when Warren joined the Dickey Betts Band in the mid-eighties. Abts' list of credits extends beyond the skins to include song writing as well as recording. His tours include stints with Montrose and ex-Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor and most recently X2.

THE FOLLOWING ARE NON-GOV'T MULE APPEARANCES BY MATT: Dickey Betts Band - Pattern Disruptive, The Allman Brothers Band - DREAMS, Badd Boyz - BADD BOYZ, Gerry Groom - Once In A Blue Moon, Hook Herrera - tonite, Gerry Groom - Twice Blue, Chris Anderson - Old Friend, Michael Fath - The Early Years, Kevin Kinney - the flower and the knife, Blue Floyd - Wetlands Preserve New York, NY 1-31-00. Special thanks to www.mule.net for permission to use this information.

Slingerland/ Gov't Mule Contest:http://www.musicyo.com/contestmar03.asp

X2 review in Modern Drummer, March 2003 | rating: 8 out of 10
"Matt Abts has received a lot of exposure with Gov't Mule. But drumming-wise, this funky duo jam is perhaps his riskiest and most rewarding release yet. "X-1" and "Devil's Soiree" sound like epic tales from the Rudess-Morgenstein playbook, full of adventurous arranging and musical drum snippets. "Pearl" features some big Bohnam-ish stickwork from Abts, while the fusion-istic whirlwinds "Inside Outside" and "Over The Wall" approach musical chaos, but never fall in. Keyboardist Johnny Neel is excellent on organ, piano, and clavinet. Like Matt, he is intense, melodic, and soulful, filling and allowing space. Robin Tolleson


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Joe Davis


Matt Abts kicks ass..anything he is on has to be good.

Wanda

Hang on or What do you thing you can do that 's insane.
The two artists involved in this CD are incredibly talented people. How they ever, just the two of them got together, I don't know but don't miss it. This is, believe it or not, a piece of history in the making. Buy it and enjoy!

Sakke Koivula

Great album!
Matt and Johnny,
Greetings from Finland!
Great playing!
Hope to see you playing live someday!
Matt Abts and Johnny Neel kicks ass!

Music Lover

Great CD
Amazing, eclectic mix of new songs by two of the greatest artist of our generation. A must buy!

Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

A winning combination !
X2 is a collaboration of two busy brilliant musicians. Matt Abts is the drummer for Gov't Mule and Johnny Neel is a multi-talented artist involved in numerous projects. Neel provides piano, organ, Moog bass pedals, harp and vocals on this nine-track collection. Matt is the drummer and plays all percussion on this innovative CD. X2 is a musical gumbo of genres that includes roots rock, the blues, jazz, southern Delta Boogie, R&B and funk. Abts and Neel are able to create a full rich blend that is dynamic and dramatic. Spontaneity is the key ingredient as most of the songs are first takes with little or no enhancements. This CD is simple in format yet the flavors and sounds are complex. The recipe of impromptu jams works well as both artists are professional and passionate about their music. Rhythm and melodies meld on this collection which is delicious from start to finish.X2 is a winning combination!