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ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD (USA) with JD McPHERSON (USA)
In the US South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others and mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. These aren’t just bands, they’re gods, and with a line-up comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, Royal Southern Brotherhood comes pre-loaded with expectations. Don’t worry: they can match them. Cyril Neville is a poet, philosopher, percussion master and perhaps the South’s last great soul singer. He’s worked with the family siblings in The Meters and the Neville Brothers, and mixed it up with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bono, and Willie Nelson. Likewise, Devon Allman, as the son of Gregg Allman, has rock ‘n’ roll in his DNA. Devon’s formative influences took in everyone from The Beatles to KISS, but it’s in Royal Southern Brotherhood that you’ll hear this modern master playing at full-throttle. Not many guitarists could stand toe-to-toe with him. Step up Mike Zito: the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman’s rocking tendencies. Giving Royal Southern Brotherhood its hip-shaking groove are bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott. Joining RSB will be the soul of the south, JD McPherson, who belts out his classy hybrid roots and rockabilly, honed with a modern hardcore rock ‘n’ rhythm and blues edge.
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