Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Brand New Blues by Cyril Neville, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Brand New Blues

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

The youngest Neville Brother he may be, but Cyril Neville's accomplishments are as impressive as those of his older siblings. He played with his brother Aaron in various soul and funk outfits before joining the Meters full-time in the early '70s, and was one of the prime movers in getting his brothers together as the Neville Brothers. His discography is just as eclectic as the rest of the family's; he's played percussion and keyboards on records by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Los Hombres Calientes, and dozens of others. On Brand New Blues, his fourth solo outing, he teams up with Brooklyn, NY based producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian J., leader of the Pimps of Joytime, a band that is as indebted to the groove as Cyriland his brothers are. With members of his extended family along, Cyril lays down ten tracks that prove his New Orleans soul is intact, even though he's lived in Austin since escaping the devastation of Katrina. In fact, the aftermath of the hurricane creeps into most of the original tunes here. On the title track, Neville lays down some Al Green-style Memphis fonk to implicitly address the "brand new blues" that the hurricane delivered. Brian J.'s nasty guitar complements Neville's growling vocal. "Cheatin' and Lyin'" is a spooky, swampy meditation on the indifference of the powers that be, from the "White House on down" as Neville sings. The song closes with a gospel-infused chant to the freedom the city still searches for. "Mean Boss Blues" features Tab Benoit's gritty guitar, an angry vocal from Neville, and darkly humorous lyrics that portray the aftermath of the storm through the eyes of a man trying his best to make ends meet in a town with no jobs, electricity, or decent housing. Benoit lays down an raw, aggressive solo befitting the situation. But all is not lost. "Shake Your Gumbo" pays tribute to the city's resilience with a percussion-heavy track that simmers like the thick, hearty dish of its title. Neville also tackles a few tasty covers: "I Found Joy," the album opener, is a N'awlins revamp of a Jimmy Reed tune delivered as a jubilant strut. "Blue, Blue Water," another Reed number, is given a stark reading, with just Neville's vocals, Johnny Sansone's harp, and Andy Cotton's bass. Brook Benton's "I'll Take Care of You" has an old-time '50s R&B flavor, with Art Neville on B-3, some shimmering fills from Brian J.'s guitar, and a melisma-drenched vocal from Cyril. The album closes with an extended version of Bob Marley's "Slave Driver" with brother Art on organ. It's cut as a slow blues, not a reggae tune, and explicitly addresses both the historical pains of slavery and the modern-day dilemma of post-Katrina New Orleans. Cyril writes new lyrics that indict the powers that be for their callous disregard of the city's African American population. ~ j. poet, Rovi


Born: January 10, 1948 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the four Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville was the youngest, born on January 10, 1948, in New Orleans, LA. Cyril picked up his love of music from his parents and his older brothers at an early age, but it wasn't until 1967 (at the age of 19) that Cyril began singing professionally, as he united with brothers Art and Aaron in the outfit Art Neville and the Neville Sounds, playing the New Orleans club circuit on a regular basis. Cyril and Aaron eventually left the group, forming another outfit,...
Full Bio
Brand New Blues, Cyril Neville
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.