Royal Southern Brotherhood

Featuring: Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, and Mike Zito

From a purely genealogical perspective, a band like the Royal Southern Brotherhood, which includes bearers of two of the most revered musical names (Neville and Allman) in the cultural annals of the American South, has the deck stacked in its favour. But no matter how iconic the lineage, rock history is just that – history. It’s the talent on stage here and now that counts. Fear not, this band is more than capable of meeting the expectations of both their fabled families and their audience.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed in New Orleans in the spring of 2011 when Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito suspended their individual careers to perform as a unit. The loud buzz from their preliminary shows has this southern super group flagged as one of the hottest tickets on the 2012 festival circuit.

Grammy winning vocalist, percussionist, poet and human rights advocate, at 64, Cyril Neville is the youngest of the four Neville brothers. One of the South’s most soulful voices, he began his career at 19, debuting on vinyl in 1970. Cyril soon joined brother Art’s legendary funk band The Meters, contributing significantly to classic albums and opening for the Rolling Stones sold-out 1974 US tour. He has been a member of The Neville Brothers, Galactic and Tribe 13 and a stellar guest on recordings by Bob Dylan, Dr. John and Willie Nelson. Cyril founded the New Orleans Musicians Organized which provides business and career advice to musicians. He has appeared on the hit HBO series Treme. Cyril’s latest solo CD is the widely heralded Brand New Blues (2009).

Devon Allman may be the son of Gregg Allman, vocalist and keyboard player for the Allman Brothers Band but he has always forged his own path in life. Stylistically, he has been influenced by everyone from the Beatles to Kiss. As a guitar player, he is partial to Carlos Santana and his uncle Duane Allman. Devon can’t escape the flow of the blues and Southern rock through his bloodlines. His Intense, full throttle style is very popular with audiences the world over. With his band Honey Tribe, Devon has performed as many as 300 shows per year in 42 states and 10 countries and released two albums, Torch (2006) and Space Age Blues (2010).

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Mike Zito is a hand-in-glove fit for this band. In 2009, he co-wrote the Blues Music Award winning Song of the Year, Pearl River with Cyril Neville. He and Devon Allman were once friendly rivals on the St. Louis music scene. In fact, the two are perfect guitar foils, Zito’s more structured and melodic approach fleshing out and balancing Allman’s edgier, free-wheeling antics. A complete entertainment package, no one in contemporary blues is putting out more consistently compelling music than Zito. For proof, check out his recent discography, Today (2008), Pearl River (2009) and Greyhound (2011).

Add Zito to Neville and Allman on the list of names synonymous with great music. United as the Royal Southern Brotherhood they are bringing their regal treatment of the South’s timeless heritage of blues, rock, funk and soul to the world stage.

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