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Mike Zito, Devon Allman, Cyril Neville ~ The soul of the south. Amplified soul for the new generation

Before they even hit a chord, The Royal Southern Brotherhood have your attention. In the US South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Conversation falls silent. Pool balls stop rolling. Ten-gallon hats are tipped in respect and beer-bottles raised in salute. These aren’t just bands, they’re gods, and with a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, The Royal Southern Brotherhood come pre-loaded with expectations. Don’t worry: they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It’s not about rock history: it’s about the here-and-now.

This lineup has talent to burn. You’ll already know Cyril Neville: poet, philosopher, percussion master and perhaps the South’ last great soul singer. Devon Allman. As the son of Gregg Allman, the 39-year-old has rock ‘n’ roll in his DNA, but he’s always walked his own path. Mike Zito: the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman’s rocking tendencies. Nominated in 2011 for the Blues Music Foundation’s ‘Best Blues Rock’ award, and winner of 2010′s Blues Music Award. Bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott: both heavyweight names in their own right, with Charlie’s bass chops celebrated on the Southern jam scene for his sets with the Woods Brothers, and Yonrico hitting the skins for luminaries including the Derek Trucks Band, Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers themselves.

They said that rock ‘n’ roll was dead, but they were wrong. Right now, in 2012, there’s something in the air, as The Royal Southern Brotherhood drag their thrilling new brand of blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the Southern States onto the world stage. The South is rising again. Come along for the ride.

MIKE ZITO

2009 Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artist that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis. On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD (Best Blue Rock) Delta Groove release ‘Greyhound’ he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing. In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Pearl River’ the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out amongst the other cats claiming to have ‘the stuff’. Some lucky bastards are just born with it!!

DISCOGRAPHY:
Mike Zito: ‘Today’ Electro Groove Records 2008

Mike Zito: ‘Pearl River’ Electro Groove Records 2009

Mike Zito: ‘Greyhound’ Electro Groove Records 2011

Website: http://www.mikezito.com

CYRIL NEVILLE
Grammy Award winning New Orlean’s Neville Brother Cyril Neville has been called a philosopher, poet, and one of the last great southern soul singers. In 1970 he released his debut solo single, ‘Gossip’ b/w “Tell Me What’s On Your Mind,” which included backing music by brother Art’ new outfit, the Meters. It just so happened at this time that the Meters were looking to expand their lineup, and asked Cyril to join in on vocals and percussion contributing to the classic Meter’s albums such as 1972′s Cabbage Alley and 1975′s Fire on the Bayou. Later that year The Rolling Stones invited the Meters to support the bands World Tour and Mick and Keith wouldn’t have it any other way “you guys should come on tour with us with Cyril as your singer.” is how it was put to the Meters who obliged.

Cyril has co-written songs with Bono of U2, Taj Mahal, Daniel Lanois, to name a few and was the one that Lanois credits as the musical catalyst that led to the Neville’s Grammy Award winning record “YELLOW MOON.” Most recently he has fronted and sang for New Orleans Funk band Galactic, the Voice of the Wetlands All-stars, The Neville Brothers, and continues to do shows with his own group Tribe 13. His most resent television have been on 2011′s episode of Jimmie Kimmel LIVE and HBO’s hit series “Treme.” Cyril is featured on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, plus many more. He has performed all over the world including the infamous Amnesty International tour with U2 and the Police and has sung for Nelson Mandela. There is no doubt that with in the first few vocal notes it is easy to tell that musical royalty runs deep in Cyril’s blood and he remains a percussionist to be reckoned with.

DISCOGRAPHY:
1994 The Fire This Time (Endangered Species) The Uptown Allstars

1998 Soulo (Endangered Species) Cyril solo

2000 New Orleans Cookin’ (Endangered Species) Cyril solo

2003 For The Funk Of It (Kongo Square) The Uptown Allstars

2007 The Healing Dance (Jomar/Silk) Tribe 13

2009 Brand New Blues (M.C.) Cyril solo

2010 The Essetial Cyril Neville (MC) Cyril solo

w/ the Neville Brothers
1978: The Neville Brothers (Capitol)
1981: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M)
1984: Live Nevillization (Black Top)
1987: Uptown (EMI)
1987: Nevillization 2 (Live At Tipitina’s Volume 2) (Spindletop)
1989: Yellow Moon (A&M)
1990: Brother’s Keeper (A&M)
1992: Family Groove (A&M)
1994: Live on Planet Earth (A&M)
1995: Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin/All My Relations (A&M)
1997: The Carnival (Guest appearance, song ‘Mona Lisa’)
1999: Valence Street (Columbia)
2004: Walkin’ In The Shadow Of Life (Back Porch)

Website: http://www.cyrilneville.net/

DEVON ALLMAN

Bringing lead guitars and vocals to ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD is Devon Allman. Born in Texas with a famous last name, but never leaning on it, Devon has toured the world for the last decade with his own group, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. He was also featured on a top 10 hit in Europe with guitar master Javier Vargas and has sat in with his father and the Allman Brothers dozens and dozens of times.

Allman is endorsed by Gibson, has his own signature ‘Devon Allman’ amp with Fuchs Audio Technology and has played onstage alongside Les Paul, Billy Gibbons, John Popper among many others. He’s a true old school gunslinger bringing fire and mood to the ROYAL tapestry. His guitar style evokes shades of past masters like Carlos Santana, Dickey Betts and Mick Taylor, while his voice is steeped in soul and blues’ multi-dimensional and full of power.

DISCOGRAPHY:
Vargas Blues Band: ‘LOVE UNION PEACE’ Dro / Warner Brothers 2005

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe: ‘TORCH’ Livewire Recordings / Rykodisc 2006

Vargas Blues Band: ‘FLAMENCO BLUES EXPERIENCE’ Dro / Warner Brothers 2008

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe: ‘SPACE AGE BLUES’ Provogue Records 2010

Website: http://www.thetribalcommunity.com

YONRICO SCOTT
By age seven, Yonrico Scott was playing professionally with several gospel groups in Detroit, Michigan ~ primarily, as a direct result of the unwavering encouragement and support of his late mother, Ruth Scott, a talented gospel vocalist and performer.

By age fourteen, Yonrico began private study with Motown drummer, George Hamilton. His musical accomplishments continued throughout college, and during his freshman year at Kentucky State University, he was voted, ‘Drummer of the Year.’ He later transferred to the University of Kentucky to study with Dave Davenport, Professor of Percussion and Principal Timpanist of the Lexington Philharmonic, where he received a B.A. in Performance Percussion in 1978.

In 1979, Yonrico accepted an Artist in Residency assignment in Atlanta, GA, with The Neighborhood Arts Center’s Department of Cultural Affairs. It wasn’t long afterwards that Yonrico became one of Atlanta’s most sought-after studio drummers. Since 1995, Yonrico has been touring the world as a member of the Derek Trucks Band (dTb). (The dTb is a Sony Music Entertainment artist with recent television appearances on the CBS Early Show, the Conan O’Brien Show, & A&E’s Breakfast in the Arts, among others.) Their self-titled debut CD was released on Landslide Records in October 1997. Since then, the band has released six additional recordings: Out of the Madness, Joyful Noise, Soul Serenade, Live at the Georgia Theatre, Songlines, and most recently, Already Free (2009).

The dTb has headlined the popular ‘Blues Cruise’ and ‘Jam Cruise,’ and completed multiple tours of Japan & Europe. They’ve opened for and performed with artists such as: BB King, Eric Clapton, Santana, Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, John Popper, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Gregg Allman and Friends, Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal, Little Milton, Mavis Staples, and Otis Rush. Yonrico also collaborates & tours internationally with Grammy Award Winner, Earl Klugh, and his own band, the Yonrico Scott Band (YSB), which includes Kofi Burbridge, Keys/Flute, and Todd Smallie, Bass. YSB’s debut release, Turning the Corner, was released in January, 2004.

Throughout his musical career, Yonrico has recorded and/or performed with a Who’s Who list of well-known artists. Most recently, he has collaborated with The Ying Yang Twins and Outkast. Other notable artists include Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Chuck Berry, George Howard, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Joshua Redman, George Benson, Anita Baker, Tinsley Ellis, The Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi, Kansas, John Scofield, Bruce Hampton, Cecil Bridgewater, Alvin Batiste, Gary Burton, Fiji Mariners, Andrew White, Gregg Allman, John Denver, Ben E. King, The 3 Degrees, The Supremes, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, The Lexington Philharmonic, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, among others. Yonrico’s Broadway tour performances include The Wiz, 5 Guys Named Moe, and Dream Girls.

Yonrico’s endorsements include Pearl Drums, Ziljian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, LP Percussion, and Everyone’s Drumming.

Website: http://www.yonricoscott.net

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