Guest Author - Chris Curtis
The term Super Group just doesn't adequately describe the powerhouse band of Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Devon Allman, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton. Each of these musicians bring serious credentials to this genre bending band known as Royal Southern Brotherhood. The roots of this configuration couldn't go much deeper. Are we about to witness a new genre or class of music as this band fuses New Orleans Funk, R&B, Soul and Blues into one powerful performance?
Even the picture on their official website captures the intensity of what this group is about. It's a "badass" picture for a group about to bring the meaning of super group to a higher atmospheric level. The fire generated during a performance by the Royal Southern Brotherhood is pure electric energy. The intensity of emotion erases all but the experience of the moment.
Now, you can talk about the pedigree of Cyril Neville and Devon Allman but the reality is that Cyril was at the root of the Neville's brand of success. Devon may be an Allman prodigy but he is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and song writer in his own right and doesn't hang his success on the star of his family name. These boys are about to make a big splash and as the water resettles nothing will remain as it was.
Experience the Royal Southern Brotherhood. On stage, these guys are having the time of their lives and it radiates out to all soaking in the experience. Nothing compares to the pure fusion of the chemistry between them. Blend Mike Zito's melodic blues style with Devon Allman's hard core rock mastery; underneath the scorching guitars, lay in Charlie Wooton's primal bass and the strong percussive rhythms of Cyril Neville and Yonrico Scott, you get something all together new and exciting. Lace on top of the music itself the incredible vocals of Zito, Allman and Neville and now you have an OMG moment.
During a live performance, you get a piece of each of them as they trade off contributions from each member of the band. Neville's prolific songwriting shines through while sparks fly during the featured dual between Yonrico and Charlie. Devon puts his own mesmerizing spin on the classic Duane Allman Whipping Post. He can melt hearts with his deep bluesy voice that was meant to draw emotions from deep inside of your soul. Mike Zito's melodic guitar draws you deeper and deeper into the music as your mind floats along with the melody.
The Royal Southern Brotherhood is on a major tour this season hitting a variety of venues big and small. Don't miss one of their shows. Plus the new CD release is on pre-order status for a May 8th release. Go for it!