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Cyril Garrett Neville (born October 10, 1948) is an American percussionist and vocalist who first came to prominence as a member of his brother Art Neville's funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters. He joined Art in the Neville Brothers band upon the dissolution of the Meters.

Cyril Neville
Background information
Born (1948-10-10) October 10, 1948 (age 69)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres R&B, funk, blues
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments percussion
Labels M.C. Records
Associated acts The Soul Machine, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Endangered Species Band, The Uptown Allstars, Tribe 13, Galactic, Royal Southern Brotherhood

He has appeared on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Dr. John and The New Orleans Social Club among others.

Neville wrote an article for the December 16, 2005 edition of CounterPunch,[1] titled "Why I'm Not Going Back To New Orleans" and was featured in the 2006 film, New Orleans Music in Exile. After Katrina he moved to Austin, Texas but currently lives in Slidell, Louisiana.

Soul Rebels Brass Band featured Neville as a special guest on their Rounder Records debut record, Unlock Your Mind, released on January 31, 2012. The Soul Rebels' name was conceived by Neville at the New Orleans venue Tipitina’s, where the band was opening.[2]

In 2005, Neville joined up with Tab Benoit for the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars to bring awareness to Louisiana's rapid loss of wetlands along the Gulf Coast. The band also features Waylon Thibodeaux, Johnny Sansone, Anders Osborne, Monk Boudreaux, George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, and Dr. John. The band has become a main feature at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.[3]

In 2010, Neville joined popular New Orleans funk band Galactic. He put aside his solo career to tour internationally with the band.[4]

In 2012, Cyril Neville joined forces with Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers), award-winning blues-rock guitarist Mike Zito, bassist Charlie Wooton, and Grammy-winning drummer Yonrico Scott to form Royal Southern Brotherhood, a blues-rock supergroup. [5]

In 2014, Neville was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album of the Year' category for Magic Honey.[6]


  • "Cyril Neville may be the youngest of the Neville Brothers, the first family of New Orleans rock and R&B, but he has just made his best album". - Billboard[7]
  • "a refreshingly original approach to the music" (*** 1/2) - Chicago Sun-Times[7]


  • 1994: The Fire This Time (Endangered Species) The Uptown Allstars
  • 1998: Soulo (Endangered Species) Cyril solo
  • 2000: New Orleans Cookin' (Endangered Species) Cyril solo
  • 2003: For The Funk Of It (Kongo Square) The Uptown Allstars
  • 2007: The Healing Dance (Jomar/Silk) Tribe 13
  • 2009: Brand New Blues (M.C.) Cyril solo
  • 2012: Royal Southern Brotherhood (RUF) Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • 2012: Live in Germany (RUF) Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • 2013: Magic Honey (RUF) Cyril solo
  • 2014: Heartsoulblood (RUF) Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • 2015: Don't look back (RUF) Royal Southern Brotherhood


  1. ^ Cyril Neville (2005-12-16). "Why I'm Not Going Back To New Orleans". CounterPunch. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  2. ^ "The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind EPK (Extended)". Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Smith, Nicole. "Researcher". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  4. ^ Smith, Nicole. "researcher". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ Temple, Dena. "Eesearcher". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  7. ^ a b Smith, Willimas. "researcher". CHC Network. Retrieved 2014-05-16.