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EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s much to be said for genetics. Guitarist Devon Allman, Gregg Allman's son, obviously has the family’s sound in his blood. He also has the intelligence to team up with other talented musicians—including Cyril Neville, from another key Southern music family. All band members here also explore music outside of The Royal Southern Brotherhood, but it’s the kind of work that improves their chops. Listening to heartsoulblood is like slipping into something comfortable. The players settle into the grooves of “World Blues,” “Groove On,” “Here It Is," and “Let’s Ride” like it’s second nature, and the vibe is as laid-back as it is a celebration of living and of music. The rhythm section of bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott (who’s worked wonders with Derek Trucks) provide fluid, flexible settings and a genuine heaviness on “Callous,” which has a riff reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” Neville’s soulful vocals behind “She’s My Lady” reveal the group’s gentle, romantic side.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s much to be said for genetics. Guitarist Devon Allman, Gregg Allman's son, obviously has the family’s sound in his blood. He also has the intelligence to team up with other talented musicians—including Cyril Neville, from another key Southern music family. All band members here also explore music outside of The Royal Southern Brotherhood, but it’s the kind of work that improves their chops. Listening to heartsoulblood is like slipping into something comfortable. The players settle into the grooves of “World Blues,” “Groove On,” “Here It Is," and “Let’s Ride” like it’s second nature, and the vibe is as laid-back as it is a celebration of living and of music. The rhythm section of bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott (who’s worked wonders with Derek Trucks) provide fluid, flexible settings and a genuine heaviness on “Callous,” which has a riff reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” Neville’s soulful vocals behind “She’s My Lady” reveal the group’s gentle, romantic side.

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About Royal Southern Brotherhood

The Royal Southern Brotherhood is a Southern rock, blues, R&B, and soul supergroup of sorts, with a pedigree that is pretty impressive. For one, the group's main singer is the amazing Cyril Neville of Meters and Neville Brothers fame. Guitarist Devon Allman is the son of Gregg Allman of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Guitarist Mike Zito has had a critically acclaimed blues guitar history of his own, while bassist Charlie Wooton played in Zydefunk and Yonrico Scott has been the drummer for Derek Trucks and other high-profile acts. It's a pretty good resumé for a new band. The Royal Southern Brotherhood released a self-titled debut album with Ruf Records in 2012. ~ Steve Leggett

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