Ian Neville (born in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. He is the son of Art Neville, nephew of Charles Neville, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville and Athelgra Neville. His cousins include Charmaine Neville, Ivan Neville and Aaron Neville, Jr.
As the son of Art “Papa Funk” Neville – the keyboardist who founded the Meters and the Neville Brothers – Ian was born funky. He was playing in Papa’s bands by his early teens, and fellow Meters Leo Nocentelli and Biran Stolz taught him how to play funk guitar hand to hand. Ian and his cousin Ivan Neville formed Dumpstaphunk, one of New Orleans’ hippest funk bands.Ian also plays guitar in the funk supergroup Dr. Klaw.
Ian Neville produced and appeared in Martin Shore’s “Take Me To The River: New Orleans“, a film that celebrates the musical history, culture and legacy of New Orleans and Louisiana.
He has released four solo albums and had a Top 30 Billboard hit with the first single “Not Just Another Girl” from his debut solo album If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. “Not Just Another Girl” reached 26 on the Billboard charts. His second single “Falling Out of Love” was a duet with singer Bonnie Raitt that reached 91 on the Billboard charts. The song was also featured in the 1989 comedy Skin Deep, starring John Ritter.
Radio Shows featuring Ian Neville
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