Melissa Neels Band

New CD 'Shine'

"Melissa Neels is a dynamic blues woman! She has the presence and style to be the next big thing in blues. She has excellent presence on stage and her ability to bring the audience into her world. I highly recommend Melissa for anyone wanting a blues show. Her original material is excellent and I hear at least two songs on the new album that radio needs to hook into. Melissa Neels is THE REAL DEAL." -
Don Lanier

"Melissa is one of St. Louis' up and coming blues musicians. A damn good guitar player too! Her styles range from Bonnie Raitt to B.B. King mixed with a strong dose of St. Louis. Catch her live....Melissa's energetic live performances are really her strength and every show brings something new!"
- Jeremy Segel-Moss, Producer Baby Blues Showcase

"The sizzling sounds of The Melissa Neels Band are always a pleasure. As talented a vocalist as she is at lead guitar."

- Dave Beardsley, Publisher at

Welcome to the online home of the Melissa Neels band




The Melissa Neels Band is the perfect blend of blues/rock, playing high energy blues, cover songs and original music written by Melissa. One of the only female lead guitarist in St. Louis, her style resembles Bonnie Raitt with whom she credits as her number one influence. Melissa plays with style, grace and intensity and bending the blues notes to make every note count. Her style is sure to impress any audience.

Melissa is backed by a talented and solid rhythm section. Melissa Neels on lead vocals and lead guitar, Matt McCauley on keyboards and background vocals, Stu Massey on bass guitar and background vocals, and Bud Rager on drums
. The Melissa Neels Band first all original cd, "Shine" is a collection of ten songs written by Melissa. A variety of blues, rock and an acoustic song, this cd represents her diverse song writing. "Shine" is currently being played on KDHX FM 88 in St. Louis, Mo. radio stations in Germany, Belgium, France and Argentina.

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