Thursday, 22 May 2014

Royal Southern Brotherhood: heartsoulblood

Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Royal Southern Brotherhood are back! Following hard on the heels of their live CD/DVD set - Songs From The Road - they are all set to release their brand new CD.

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.

Track List

World Blues
Rock And Roll
Groove On
Here It Is
Shoulda Known
Let's Ride
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.

Tour Dates

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.

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