What’s Up Interview: Neal Vitullo – Coming to Revival Brewery Saturday, Oct. 12

RI Music Hall of Fame Band to Perform

Guitar great Neal Vitullo has come a long way since breaking out on the scene in the early 80’s when his band was known as Young Neal and the Vipers. Signed to Atlantic Records by the label’s founder and president Ahmet Ertegun, the band toured the country in the 1990’s behind award winning releases like Hooloovoo and I’m Finally Alone.

Vitullo never looked back. The band’s high energy blend of blues, rock, rockabilly and surf has thrilled fans for over 30 years. They’ve shared the stage with music legends including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman and Robert Plant.

Saturday night, they’re playing a free show at the Revival Brewery in Cranston, following an appearance earlier in the day at the Broadway Street Fair in Newport. Playing two shows in one day doesn’t bother the veteran guitarist. “I just take care of myself, eat right try to get my rest ….the most important thing is that I love what I do,” Vitullo noted in a brief interview.

Last Spring, Vitullo and his band were inducted into the R.I. Music Hall of Fame, joining a short list of RI’s best musicians. It was an affirming moment for the career musician. 

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“I’ve been fortunate to do a lot of amazing things in my music career, but nothing comes close to being inducted into the Hall of Fame from your home state,” remarked Vitullo. “The support for live music in this area second to none.”

30 years in, Vitullo and his band are very much on top of their game and are recognized leaders in the state’s music community, as well as the national blues scene. Neal recently appeared in the pages of Vintage Guitar Magazine discussing his recent release One Drunken Kiss.  He’s already working on a follow up.

Experience some of the best in blues-rock anywhere – click here for information on Saturday’s show. Music begins around 8PM.