12 August 2023

JSJBF Interview with Modern Blues Artist Eliza Neals

Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation presents its annual blues festival in the town of Long Branch, New Jersey on August 26th 2023. Eliza Neals was asked to interview with the JSJBF as a prelude to the Modern Blues and Rock performance. Thanks for having me I look forward to seeing everyone next weekend!

How would you describe your musical style of genre?

I’m in Blues-rock, a genre under ‘American roots, Blues music’ that incorporates elements of early blues, modern blues, classic rock, punk rock and soul. People that love “The Rolling Stones,” “Bad Company,” “Aerosmith,” and “Led Zeppelin” will relate to my strong vocal Detroit power Blues-rock piano based electrified sound.


Are there any artists or musicians in particular who have influenced your work? 

Yes, I have been influenced by Detroit music first from the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin (piano player), Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong (piano player), The Temptations, Four Tops, Edwin Star, Undisputed Truth to start. Then of course classic rock Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Jackson Browne (piano player), Doobie Brothers, Heart, Pat Benatar, Elton John (piano player), Bad Company, Tina Turner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foreigner plus more. In traditional Blues B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Howling Wolf, Skip James, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown (piano player), Muddy Waters, Koto Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Marion Harris, Janis Joplin, Etta James and more. Turn on the radio I’m influenced even today by my contemporaries.