Royal Southern Brotherhood
heartsoulblood features the band (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton) on blistering form, from the first riff of World Blues to the final beat of the drums on Love And Peace.
Rock And Roll
Here It Is
She's My Lady
Takes A Village
Love And Peace
heartsoulblood is described by the band themselves as ''the record they really wanted to make'' and it's easy to see why. The band draw on their extensive set of influences to deliver 12 high-powered songs, crossing - and sometimes merging - the genres of soul, funk, blues and, of course, good old rock 'n' roll.
The songwriting credits feature all five band members (in varying degrees) and the lead vocals are shared, more or less equally, between Mike, Devon and Cyril. This works well, adding different textures to the songs and providing a fine contrast of styles right across the album.
It should go without saying that the musicianship is exemplary. After all, Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton are all accomplished, class acts in their own right and together they are even stronger.
Highlights of this very impressive album include World Blues, Rock And Roll and Trapped, but that's from a rock point of view; others may well prefer the soul side of things with Shoulda Known and She's My Lady, or the funkier offerings Groove On and Here It Is.
heartsoulblood will be released on 16 June, closely followed by a tour of the UK and Europe that should win Royal Southern Brotherhood new fans wherever they go.
June 20 UK Chichester, Blues On The Farm
June 21 UK Durham, Blues Festival
June 22 UK Cleethorpes, Blues Festival
June 23 UK Clitheroe, The Grand
June 24 UK Cardiff, The Globe
June 25 UK London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
June 26 DK Odense, Posten
June 27 DK Haderslev, Klöften Festival
June 28 CH Rapperswil, Jazz & Bluesfestival
June 29 I Piacenza, Del Mississippi al Po
July 1 I Ameno, Ameno Blues Festival
July 3 UK St. Ives, Guildhall
July 4 UK Kent, Hop Farm Festival
July 5 NO Skanevik, Bluesfestival
July 6 NO Bremanger, Opplev
July 31 NO Notodden, Bluesfestival
Aug 1 NO Notodden, Blues festival
Follow the Royal Southern Brotherhood news and tour dates over at their official website.