"(South by East) is a wonderful debut release." — Barry Maxwell, Blues on the Hill Radio.
"A real authentic approach to the blues...world class!" — David Roman, 2SSRFM Mystery Train.
Neil has played guitar on countless blues, funk, r&b, country, jazz, and rock gigs for over 15 years, including national and international tours (Glastonbury Festival with Melbourne soul singer Chelsea Wilson, New Caledonia with Street funk outfit Deep Street Soul, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Australia), and is now on a mission to bring his own r&b-based blues to the world.
As a vocalist/guitarist/bandleader, Neil's influences include Robben Ford, Keb' Mo', BB King, Little Feat, Freddie King, Larry Carlton, Ray Charles, Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo, Ray Beadle and great singer-songwriters of the 70s.
The debut album, "South By East", features some of Melbourne’s most seasoned and soulful musicians (from diverse acts such as the Rockwiz Orchestra, Mondo Rock, Things of Stone and Wood, Jon Butler Trio, Cirque du Soleil, Jetty Road and more) and is produced by Mitch Cairns (Russell Morris, Phil Manning, Renee Geyer, Leo Sayer, Glenn Shorrock, Joe Robinson, Diesel, amongst others).
released October 8, 2017
Music, lyrics and horns written and arranged by Neil.
Recorded and produced by Mitch Cairns at Mitch Cairns Studios, Melbourne Australia.
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Sound, Melbourne Australia.
Footscray railyards photography by Damien Kook @damienkook
Cover photography by Neil.
Cover and sleeve design by Veronica Lamb @artbyveronicalamb
South by East Album personnel:
Neil Boland— vocals and guitars
Craig Strain — bass (Hawker Heights, Jetty Road, author and producer of Bass Lessons Melbourne and bandleader of jazz funk group Pickpocket)
Remie de Pree — drums
Tim Neal — Hammond organ (Jon Butler Trio, Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo, and many many many performance credits, such as with Duke Robillard, Mavis Staples, Dr John, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more)
James Black — piano, Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards (Mondo Rock, The Black Sorrows, Men at Work, Gang Gajang, Rockwiz Orchestra)
Alexander Leslie Abercrombie Howroyd — trumpet + tenor sax solo on 8 (Benny and the FlyByNighters, Pickpocket, every other horn band in Melbourne)
Brett Evans — tenor sax + solo on 5 (Pickpocket, and again, every other horn band in Melbourne)
Rob Simone — tenor sax II (Robert Simone Big Band, Jack Earle Big Band, Kattimoni)
Bronwyn Durrant — backing vocal I (solo, amazing solo!)
Iseula Hingano — backing vocal II (Blue Eyes Cry, solo)
Justin Brady — harmonica (Things of Stone and Wood, John Farnham, Black Sorrows, James Reyne, James Blundell and performance credits with Guitar Shorty, Phil Manning, Jo Jo Smith, Damon Davies and more)
Andre Elhay — guest tenor sax solo on 4 (Claymore, and every band in Melbourne that needs hip Stanley Turrentine/Dexter Gordon sax funk)
They’re hangin’ out at Kent Street,
Sipping mulled wine on Daddy’s wage.
While the downtown beggars
Are scrimpin’ for coins for an ice-capade.
It’s raining down in Bleak City,
But no one cares in the least.
I’m coming home, South by East.
We’re swingin’ on St David Street, North of the river,
The B3’s in a spin.
The Lygon losers and their tracky dack schmoozers,
Trying hard just to fit in.
I’ve seen Freedom from Staten Island
And the Village as a breathing beast.
But I’m coming home, South by East.
I was standing out in the rain,
Now I’m standing in the sun.
We get a whole year, here in a day,
A little bit of change never hurt no-one.
Been to the banks of the Mississippi,
And I ate me a Beale Street feast.
Now I’m coming home, South by East.