Smart Bets: Johnny Neel

Songwriter and musician Johnny Neel is probably best-known for his work with Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman. Thanks to those relationships, in 1989, Neel was invited to join The Allman Brothers Band. In addition to touring with that group, Neel also lent his other skills: He co-wrote the Allman Brothers' 1990 hit single "Good Clean Fun." But Neel (who was born blind) also has a solo career that dates back to age 12, when he recorded his first song, "Talking About People." His songs have been recorded by Gov’t Mule, John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and Travis Tritt, among others. His most recent album is 2012's Every Kinda' Blues But What You're Used To. Johnny Neel performs at 185 King Street in Brevard, on Friday, March, 14, at 8 p.m. $10 members/$15 nonmembers. 185kingst.com. Photo courtesy of the artist

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