Neal was born in Michigan in 1993. At the age of 10 he latched on to his very first guitar. From that moment, he began almost immediately forming bands. Neal’s first successful project, War N Love, came together when Neal was just 16. Inspired by classic bands such as Deep Purple, the band earned its chops while navigating the Detroit hard rock scene for four years.
After the disbanding of War N Love, Neal decided to be a gun-for-hire, and was picked up by the Maggie Cocco Band, as well as in guest spots with many other local Detroit area bands. After a couple years of bouncing between projects, Neal realized he missed the true camaraderie of being in a band, and began searching. Having shared multiple bills with earlier incarnations of the Gasoline Gypsies, he saw they were seeking a guitarist at the time and tossed his name in the ring. Caleb and Steve recall the day they first jammed together very clearly “Neal showed up and he already knew all our songs! We knew this was gonna work.”