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Blues Rock Royalty Comes to Poland
September 28, 2012   
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The Royal Southern Brotherhood will be giving their only Polish concert at the Eter Club in Wrocław Oct. 22.

Collectively and individually, this American outfit has put out quite a body of work and their pedigree would take some beating. The group is built around the nucleus of songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Cyril Neville, who is starting this latest phase of his career aged 63. Devon is the son of Greg Allman of Allman Brothers Band fame. Cyril started in the Meters, was a founding member of the legendary Neville Brothers and has performed with Bob Dylan, Funkadelic, Bernie Worrel, Galactic and Willie Nelson. He has also been leading his own project, Tribe 13, for many years. The group has an impressive lineup comprising Mike Zito, a highly respected blues guitarist with six solo albums to his name, drummer’s drummer Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood first got together in New Orleans in 2010—in an old shack where the Allman Brothers had stayed many years before. Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito got to talking about starting up a new southern rock group. They started to play what they were thinking and, as Devon tells it, after just a few minutes of jamming they started to feel the chemistry between them. This is what musicians all too often spend ages looking for in vain. They put a couple of their compositions on the web as an experiment. The reaction they got took them by surprise. They decided to take it further and show what they could do live. Their first gig was at the Rock’n’Bowl Club in New Orleans. The crowd loved them and they got rave reviews. This was southern rock but not the sort that ZZ Top or the Georgia Satellites would have served up. The influence of the city that gave birth to this extraordinary music was all too evident. This outstanding musical group dusted off the old “southern rock” label with a completely fresh approach—aggressive rock riffs over a sold blues base.

The music of the Royal Southern Brotherhood was born of a fascination with different types of music. Blues, southern rock, funk and classic rock can all be heard on their eponymous debut album. The album was released in Louisiana on May 8 and went straight to No. 5 on the Billboard Blues Chart. With a reaction like that, the Royal Southern Brotherhood hit the road, spending all of September giving concerts in the U.S. It will be Europe’s turn in October with 20 tour dates to play.
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