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Mike Keneally: Back to School

Mike Keneally

If you don’t recognize the name Mike Keneally, that’s likely because he’s made himself a victim of his own success. In an era when specialists become stars by singing, playing lead guitar or manning the keyboards, Keneally does all three-sometimes simultaneously, playing guitar with one hand and keys with the other. He also plays bass, drums and percussion, and is a composer and producer. All of those disciplines are put to use on selected tracks on his 1997 release Sluggo! and on all of his 1999 one-man-band CD Nonkertompf.

Since then, Keneally has released both acoustic and electric CDs (Wooden Smoke, Dog); a solo piano collection of songs by guitarist Steve Vai called Vai Piano Reductions Vol. 1; the symphonic The Universe Will Provide (with the Holland-based Metropole Orchestra); and the rollicking fusion disc Guitar Therapy Live.

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