Neel Cole & Southern St @ The Brass Tap RR
Meshing the worlds of Rock, Grunge, Blues and Country, they created a "unique Texas Sound" as one club owner put it. Comprised of: Neel Cole on Vocals/Guitar, Kenneth Simmons on Bass, and Pedro Duquense on Drums, they strive to bend the walls between genres while trying to make a difference in the world with their words. Began as a simple solo venture David Neely (AKA Neel Cole), paired together with Kenneth in early 2018 in hopes of putting together a group to perform some of his musical works. After the addition of Pedro on drums, the project became more like a liquid than a solid, so they adapted the group name "Neel Cole & Southern St". Since 2018 they have rounded out their sound, and polished up their approach to writing music adapting the idea that every song is not only a group effort, but a liquid creation as well. Sadly, in 2020, Kenneth Simmons decided it was time for him to step down from the stage onto the next phases of life, for the betterment of him and his family. He will be missed greatly! A wonderful player by the name of Wen Thai Liu has joined their ranks, and they are getting ready to attack 2021 and bring more Inspirational Texas Grunge your way!
With wide open guitars, vivid vocal melodies, solid bass lines, and rhythmic percussion, they are surely able to take your soul away from all you worry about in this world...even if for just a moment. Stay Tuned!!!
"What I love about this band is that they write from a place of depth, and they craft their songs based on those intentions and feelings - they don't seem to sit down and say 'let's write a country song, let's write something blue-rock', the concept and moment comes first, which gives them purpose, and a quickly unique vibe that runs throughout [their music]." - Rebecca Cullen, Founder & Editor, Stereostickman.com
“They have a flow and groove that honestly, to me, is more important than anything production can fake!” - Nate Heltman, Panama Guitars
”They definitely have a nice Texas sound.” - Rob Ortiz, Risky Business Lockhart TX
“Down In The Mud represents [them] really well... [They] are really talented and I love the skills I hear in (their] music. Down In The Mud is a real winner.” - Jacqueline Jax, Avaliveradio.com
" 'Down In The Mud' is a top song and I enjoy the passion and message of fighting for the right thing right now...[it] sums up 2020 perfectly." - Llewelyn Screen, Anrfactory.com
"The guitars are sincere and the riffs captivating, the sounds used are real and intense. Even the voice interprets the folk melodies in the best possible way and you can convey a lot of emotion." - Edgar Allen Poets
"While [Face The Day] is a high-powered guitar-driven track, the clever arrangement of instruments (including Cole’s voice) gives prominence to each element. It is not stunted in any way, but the simplicity of the melodic transition adds a robust beauty to the music. Gruff, but with a bold warmth, Cole’s vocals complement the moving guitars." - Nicole Mendes, The OtherSideReviews.com
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