A BluesWax Exclusive
By Art Tipaldi
My favorite albums from the late 1960s were the Super Session recordings by Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield. The Royal Southern Brotherhood is the 2012 version of that supergroup. This may be the hottest new band on the circuit. Within an hour in the studio, these five talented musicians understood they had something special. The band’s lineup features the singing and percussion of Cyril Neville and the singing and guitar talents of Mike Zito and Devon Allman. Explosive double guitars and Neville’s hypnotic rhythms carry this music through everything from blues rock through New Orleans funk, tasty ballads, and soulful R&B. Anchoring the groove are veteran Atlanta/New Orleans bass player Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott, who’s talented work propelled the Derek Trucks Band for over 15 years. BluesWax watched their first showcase on March 6, 2012, in preparation for a six-show tour through Connecticutt, Massachusetts Pennsylvania, and B.B. King‘s club in New York City. Their record on Ruf Records will be available in May, they are touring extensively throughout the summer, and Blues Revue will feature coverage of their March 9, 2012, New York City show in our upcoming May issue.
Art Tipaldi — Editor, Blues Revue magazine
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