Cyril Neville

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
Neville performing in 2007
Neville performing in 2007
Background information
Born (1948-10-10) October 10, 1948 (age 71)
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresR&B, funk, blues
LabelsM.C. Records
Associated actsThe 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 documentary film New Orleans Music in Exile. After Hurricane Katrina he moved to Austin, Texas, but as of 2012 lives in Slidell, Louisiana.[citation needed] 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 & 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 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.[5]


  • "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[6]
  • "a refreshingly original approach to the music" (*** 1/2) - Chicago Sun-Times[6]


  • 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".[7]

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".[7]

They were also nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the album Valence Street.[7]

In 2014, Neville (as a solo) was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album of the Year' category for his album Magic Honey.[8]


  1. ^ Cyril Neville (December 16, 2005). "Why I'm Not Going Back To New Orleans". CounterPunch. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Soul Rebels: Unlock Your Mind EPK (Extended)". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Cyril Neville & Galactic Together On Tour". CHC Network. 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Spera, Keith (September 23, 2011). "Texas honky-tonk singer Dale Watson is the real deal". Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Willimas. "researcher". CHC Network. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Artist: Cyril Neville". Recording Academy. 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved May 16, 2014.