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.
Neville performing in 2007
|Born||October 10, 1948|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Genres||R&B, funk, blues|
|Associated acts||The Soul Machine, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Endangered Species Band, The Uptown Allstars, Tribe 13, Galactic, Royal Southern Brotherhood|
Neville wrote an article for the December 16, 2005 edition of CounterPunch, titled "Why I'm Not Going Back To New Orleans" and was featured in the 2006 documentary film New Orleans Music in Exile. After Hurricane Katrina he moved to Austin, Texas, but as of 2012 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.
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 & Heritage Festival.
In 2012, Cyril Neville joined forces with Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band), 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.
- 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
Awards and honorsEdit
As a member of the Neville Brothers, Cyril won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Healing Chant".
In 1996, he and his brothers were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song "Fire on the Mountain".
They were also nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the album Valence Street.
- Cyril Neville (December 16, 2005). "Why I'm Not Going Back To New Orleans". CounterPunch. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
- "The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind EPK (Extended)". Youtube.com. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Spera, Keith (May 7, 2011). "Voice of the Wetlands Allstars perform and persuade at New Orleans Jazz Fest". Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- "Cyril Neville & Galactic Together On Tour". crossharpchronicles.wordpress.com. CHC Network. 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- Spera, Keith (September 23, 2011). "Texas honky-tonk singer Dale Watson is the real deal". Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- Smith, Willimas. "researcher". CHC Network. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
- "Artist: Cyril Neville". www.grammy.com. Recording Academy. 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
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