Before they even hit a chord, The Royal Southern Brotherhood have your attention. In the US South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Conversation falls silent. Pool balls stop rolling. Ten-gallon hats are tipped in respect and beer-bottles raised in salute. These aren’t just bands, they’re gods, and with a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, The Royal Southern Brotherhood come pre-loaded with expectations. Don’t worry: they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It’s not about rock history: it’s about the here-and-now.
This lineup has talent to burn. You’ll already know Cyril Neville: poet, philosopher, percussion master and perhaps the South’ last great soul singer. Devon Allman. As the son of Gregg Allman, the 39-year-old has rock ‘n’ roll in his DNA, but he’s always walked his own path. Mike Zito: the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman’s rocking tendencies. Nominated in 2011 for the Blues Music Foundation’s ‘Best Blues Rock’ award, and winner of 2010's Blues Music Award. Bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott: both heavyweight names in their own right, with Charlie’s bass chops celebrated on the Southern jam scene for his sets with the Woods Brothers, and Yonrico hitting the skins for luminaries including the Derek Trucks Band, Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers themselves.
They said that rock ‘n’ roll was dead, but they were wrong. Right now, in 2012, there’s something in the air, as The Royal Southern Brotherhood drag their thrilling new brand of blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the Southern States onto the world stage. The South is rising again. Come along for the ride.
Lafayette born CC Adcock, a musician of meteoric talent, has packed a lot of living into his 40 years with long stints slinging guitar with Bo Diddley and Buckwheat Zydeco, two highly acclaimed solo records, several feature film scores, Grammy nominated album productions and thousands of live shows worldwide.
He is a regular musical contributor, and has been featured in, the hit vampire series “True Blood” and he recently completed the music for Oscar-winning director William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe,” which is set in the South. His recent pop productions include Florence + the Machine, Nick Cave and Steve Riley + the Mamou Playboys. For many years CC has had a complete command of the influences of his region, bringing together old and young to nurture and further the true sound of the swamp and of Louisiana.
Considered a formidable talent and a legacy artist by many including legendary record producers Jack Nitzsche and Denny Cordell, CC has played and recorded with the best of them and is without doubt one of the South's brightest rising stars. CC is a founding member of Lil' Band O' Gold.
Mr. Richard Landry. Jazzman "Dickie" Landry plays his "own kind" of sax. When Dickie has to play he has to play and people such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Phillip Glass Ensemble. Laurie Anderson and The Talking Heads have reaped the rewards of his unique styling and pioneering use of quadraphonic delay. He is also considered a pioneer of conceptual art and installation, having working with Richard Serra, Gordon matte-Clark and Rauschenberg in the early 60s. Born in Cecelia, Louisiana, Dickie is still revered there as the man who can do it all and fix any problem.
At 73 years old he is rarely seen on any given night without his sax, wandering the streets of Lafayette and the world sitting in with everyone. His own groundbreaking solo recording Fifteen Saxophones has just been re-released and is as fresh and as surprising as it was when it was originally released in 1977. Early 2012 found him in a sold out solo concert at the Guggenheim NYC. Dickie is the archetypal Cajun Renaissance Man. He plays saxophone for Lil' Band O' Gold.
Steve Riley grew up in the prairie town of Mamou, Louisiana, where French is spoken on the street; the national holiday is Mardi Gras and a poor family is one without a fiddler or accordion player.
By the age of 13, Steve was considered an accordion prodigy and by 15 he had been discovered by and was touring Europe with, the founding father of Cajun music, Dewey Balfa. In 1988, Steve started his own band, Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys, who have recorded thirteen albums, won countless awards and been nominated for four Grammy Awards, the most recent for their 2011 release, Grand Isle.
He was recently featured on several tracks on Eric Clapton's latest record and his Grand Isle is a genre redefining record that has spawned several more regional hit singles. Steve is widely considered one of the world's premier accordion players. He sings and plays the accordion for Lil' Band O' Gold.
David Egan is one of America's premier song writers, having written songs for Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Johnny Adams, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others.
David has recently released two critically acclaimed solo records with his new band 20 Years of Trouble.
David writes, plays piano and sings with Lil' Band O' Gold.
Pat Breaux has long been considered one of the greatest saxophonists forged from the South Louisiana Cajun honky-tonk scene.
Pat has toured and performed with the likes of Beau Soleil, Red Beans & Rice and John Fogerty.
He is the grandson of Cajun music pioneer Amade Breaux, who has been credited with writing Louisiana's unofficial state anthem "Jolie Blon".
Pat plays saxophone and accordion for Lil' Band O' Gold.
Born in 1940 into a family of musicians, Tommy McLain is considered a founding father of Swamp Pop music.
In 1966, with the Boogie Kings, he cut a record for Floyd Soileauis's Jin label that resulted in the multimillion-selling smash 'Sweet Dreams'.
He has never stopped performing and has enjoyed much success and recognition the world over, touring with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and the Yardbirds. He has even found time to be ordained as a catholic minister.
He continues to spread his gospel of love and music on his weekly radio show in Radio Maria broadcast from Alexandria, Louisiana.
Lil' Buck is unquestionably one of the world's greatest living blues guitar players. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1940, Buck still lives in the same house on St. Charles Street.
He has played with everyone from Percy Sledge to Alan Toussaint to Joe Tex, and most notably spent 14 years as a guitar player for the undisputed "King of Zydeco", Clifton Chenier (playing for Clifton's Arhoolie recordings).
Buck has recorded several solo albums including the classic, 'The Buck Starts Here', helmed by ALan Toussain. His classic cuts, 'Cat Scream", and 'Monkey in a Sack', recorded back in 1967 are considered by many collectors to be some of the first funk tunes ever recorded.
Richard Comeaux is flat out the best pedal-steel player in Louisiana and is currently signed to Capital Records with his band River Road.
Richard plays pedal steel for Lil' Band O' Gold. 'Comeaux's pedal-steel playing, rarely heard in Louisiana acts these days outside of country bands, straddles those melodies like a graceful tightrope walker.' Austin American Statesman
Dave Ranson has played bass with John Hiatt and Sonny Landreth for the last 30 years. He lives on a houseboat in the swamps. Dave plays bass for Lil' band O' Gold.