Baton Rouge blues artist Kenny Neal jams onstage at the '38th Blues Music Awards' in Memphis, Tenn.   


Fresh off wins at the "38th Blues Music Awards" in Memphis, Tennessee, last weekend, local artist Kenny Neal will be featured on WLPB's "Art Rocks!" Friday night.

Neal came home with trophies for Contemporary Blues Male Artist and Contemporary Blues Album for 2016's "Bloodline" from the awards celebration, where he also performed. The ceremony was presented by the Memphis-based The Blues Foundation.

On "Art Rocks!," the Grammy-nominated bluesman will tell why he decided to move back to Baton Rouge from Palo Alto, California, and about carrying on the music legacy of his father, harpist Raful Neal.

Viewers will also meet Blues Hall-of-Famer Lazy Lester, originally from West Feliciana Parish, who now resides in California.

"Only a handful of people know as much as Lazy Lester does about the early days of blues in the Capital City. He tells us how being in the right place at the right time launched his blues career," a news release says.

Neal and Lester will perform during the segments and look back on their experiences working with the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and others.

The show also offers an interview with California artist Rufus Chalmers, who'll tell how he draws on jazz to create his paintings.

James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine, hosts "Art Rocks!," which airs at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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