Melissa Neels Band's new album "Let It Grow" is a great release that really showcases Melissa's strengths as a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. She has a crack band that supports her to the fullest on the album. Although she is an adept blues guitarist and vocalist, she straight up rocks out in organic fashion on this new album. Her sound is representative of the melting-pot of St. Louis music, ever hard to pin down to a single genre. On "Let It Grow" she takes listeners on a journey from hard rockin' party music to vulnerable and tender ballads.
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Let It Grow
In 2017 The Melissa Neels Band began working on their 2nd studio release, an 11 song cd written by Melissa and produced by Paul Niehaus IV of Blue Lotus Studios called “Let it Grow”. Featuring a coming of age song, “Rockin Lovin Woman” backed with soulful horns by Dawn Weber on trumpet and Matt McKeever on saxophone. A fast, rollicking, piano heavy song called “Cold as Ice” that was also featured on The St. Louis Blues Society 17 and 17 cd. The first rock track of the cd, “Show Me Love” that features driving harmonica by Howard Young and a southern rock guitar feel by Melissa. “As Bad As I Want You” a sexy song with saxophone provided by Matt Fogarty to match the bluesy guitar notes by Melissa. A funky song “Let The Music” that also features funky keys by Matt McCauley, and horns by Dawn Weber and Matt McKeever. In the song “She’s Got You” speaks of a love that never blossomed. Features the harmonies of Jen Norman, Matt McCauley and Stu Massey and an Allman Brothers like dual guitar solo with Paul Niehaus IV on slide guitar and Melissa on her Lucille. The last track on the cd “Down Like Rain” features funky bass by Stu Massey and solid drums by Bud Rager, intense keys by Matt McCauley, and guitar and speaks of the struggles of addiction.
The cd “Shine” is made up of 10 original songs that span the genre of blues and rock and also features an acoustic song. Filled with bluesy and stinging guitar riffs and a commanding piano the cd “Shine has something for everyone. You will love this 4 piece blues band. Songs written by Melissa Neels and produced by Steven Martin. Songs like “Broadway” about fun times in the St. Louis blues bars or “Norma Lee” about her Grandma Norma. The title track “Shine” is a soulful love song.