In the era when the “Outlaws” - Wille Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings etc. - ruled the radio, another little outlaw was born in the back of a cop car somewhere in Gwinnett County Georgia. It took him many years and many roads (including stays in foster homes, a stint in the Navy and a run with a punk band) but eventually Willie Heath Neal returned to his roots and began bashing out the kind of outlaw country that used to be so famous but now is in short supply.
Back then, “Outlaw” was more than a marketing ploy, it was a way of life. The myths mixed with the music. Neal remembers that time, and he delivers his trashed up take on honky tonk with that same sense of honesty.
Neal has long been popular with his peers such as likeminded touring partners from the past ala Wayne Hancock, the Rev. Horton Heat, and J. D. Wilkes of The Legendary Shack Shakers (who co-produced his album "Out of Highway"). Hank Williams III even cut one of Neal’s tunes (which sadly remains unreleased). Now it’s time for their fans to make note of Neal. "Out of Highway" made the original Outlaws proud to call him one of their own.
Neal upped the ante with an EP cut in Brazil with renowned psychobilly combo, The Fabulous Bandits. Finishing touches were made in Atlanta with Johnny McGowan on guitar, the end result was the "South Americana" EP.
Willie continues to evolve as an artist, collaborating with his long time partner, Kira Annalise, in The Waymores, their acoustic based duo that has toured relentlessly for the past few years. Their debut EP, "Weeds" is due to be released in April 2019.
During a month long tour of Brazil, Willie Heath Neal began tracking songs with Brazillian rockabilly band, The Fabulous Bandits. Five songs were polished off in Atlanta by Willie, Aaron Hill and Johnny MacGowan. A true North-South collaboration!