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PRESS KIT Johnny Neel + Bryon Friedman

"This is what happens when you mix one of the country's most soulful, grammy-nominated musicians/songwriters with a singer songwriter who has a youthful roots-rock soulfulness of his own."

"Just pick up the guitar and play," Johnny said to Bryon the first time they met. "I'll never forget that moment," says Bryon. That was his reply, "you gotta pick up the guitar and play, that's all." "That was exactly what I needed to hear," said Bryon. "Like a good lyric or strong melody, sometimes it's that simple. It was a musical moment I'll never forget, a soul-changer. Now 4 years later we're writing songs, making a new record, and playing shows. It's surreal to be creating with a guy like Johnny. He's played with some of the heaviest cats in Rock & Roll and now we're collaborating."

Johnny Neel

Johnny was born blind and signed his first record deal at the age of 12. He is a Grammy Nominated songwriter and played keyboards for the Allman Brothers Band in the 90's among many others!

Johnny has shared the stage with many great artists and has toured all over the US and Europe, astonishing audiences with his powerful vocal and amazing keyboard technique.

Artist Collaborations:

BB King, Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and Bruce Willis. Other musical associations, including songwriting over the years are: Bonnie Riatt, Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, David Allen Coe, Joe Diffie, Keith Whitley, Suzy Bogguss, Ann Peebles, Deep Fried, W.I.N.D, Keith Urban, Adam Wakefield and the list goes on...

Bryon Friedman

Raised in Park City, Utah. Bryon was on the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years and won two National Championship titles before venturing down the musical path. He's also the founder and CEO of Soul Poles, a sustainable bamboo ski pole company based out of Park City, Utah.

Bryon was voted as the #1 Emerging Singer/Songwriter on Sirius/XM Radio's Coffeehouse Channel in 2010. He was featured on The Ski Channel's major motion picture "The Story," and he was selected for the 3rd Season of the Solutions For Dreamers (all proceeds to the World Food Program to help the fight against hunger).

Collaborations:

Bryon has opened for The Band of Heathens, John Fogerty, and produced multiple records for Carhartt's "Made By Hand" campaign.

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