Denis was partial to the songs he grew up with and has a unique ability to remember words and melodies to the songs of his youth. His repertoire naturally included old Country Western, Popular, and Gospel songs which were ideal for performing in nursing homes where he did his first public debut. His first stage appearance was at the Red Barn Opry in Omaha, Nebraska, where he gained invaluable experience in front of audiences. On occasion, Betty would harmonize with Denis, and son Scott joined in with his guitar.
In August of 1998 while donating our time and musical talents for an historical society fundraiser in another small Nebraska town, we were "discovered" by Richard and Darlene Stelling who approached us about entertaining in the "Snowbird Parks" in Mesa, Arizona where he spends his winters. Richard and Darlene literally adopted us, arranged a performance in their community, helped us with publicity, and became unofficial booking agents for the following winter's entertainment season. While performing in Mesa, we chanced upon the opportunity to appear on Barbara Fairchild's Talent Showcase in Branson, Missouri, in May of 1999.
We soon realized that we needed more than a guitar, singer, and part-time harmony. Betty had taken piano lessons as a child but had not played the piano for over 45 years. However, a keyboard seemed a natual for her. This added rhythm, bass, strings, and various other instruments to the act.
Our first CD of original songs entitled "Memories of the Neals" was completed in 2002.This CD incorporates memories Denis has of his childhood, as well as other significant events later in his life.
After avoiding the harsh Nebraska winters, we return for the summer months to entertain for the residents of retirement homes and assisted living/care centers, and share out talents with churches and other special groups in Nebraska and Iowa. Scott becomes part of " The Neals" during the summer months, adding his own guitar style to the music.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Arizona Snowbird
2. They Just Tore Down My Memories
3. Tar Paper Shack
4. My Mama Sang
5. My Horse Pearl
6. Chasing the Sun
7. Keeping Track of Time
8. Nine Eleven
9. God Let Me Sing