Willie Heath Neal and the Damned Ole Opry

Willie Heath Neal’s official press release calls the unvarnished, throaty singer/songwriter “a country song.” The description is right on the mark, considering that the details of his life cover a multitude of country music themes, including a rough start, a hard life, and the rebelliousness that comes with both.

He caught the ear of fans in both the U.S. and Europe and inked a deal with Raucous Records, a British company based in Leicester. Officials at the company’s U.S. distributor, Cargo Music, liked what they heard and offered Neal a deal in the U.S. on the label Headhunter. His touring experience has seen him perform with such artists as Wayne Hancock, Leon Russell, Mike Watt, the Reverend Horton Heat, and Hank Williams III, among others.