Cyril Neville began singing professionally at 19 in 1967 and released his first single in 1970. He toured as a member of Dr. John’s band in 1972-73, then was the vocalist and played congas with the influential and successful band The Meters. The Meters dissolved in 1976 and Cyril united with Art, Aaron and Charles to form the Neville Brothers, where he’s been a key component of the Neville sound ever since. In addition to his work with the Neville Brothers, Cyril has formed other bands over the years, including the Endangered Species Band in 1983 and the Uptown All-stars Band, while he also found time to launch his own record label, Endangered Species. Cyril also founded the New Orleans Musicians Organized (NOMO), which helps musicians who need business advice with their careers. Cyril Neville has contributed to two releases and a tour with the Rolling Stones. He has issued several solo albums on his own over the years, including 1995’s “The Fire This Time”, and a pair in 2000, “New Orleans Cookin’” and “Soulo.” Plus he has guested on various other artist’s recordings over the years, including albums by Edie Brickell, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, Tab Benoit, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux among others.
“Brand New Blues” (MC-0064) marks the first Cyril’s Neville release in eight years. Half the songs on Brand New Blues are original material co-written by Cyril. The new release churns up a lifetime of musical influences & passions; blues, funk and soul. Producer/musician Brian J of The Pimps of Joytime is at the helm of most production chores by playing most of the instruments to recording and writing with Cyril. A barrage of support appears on the record from family and friends who help Cyril achieve his vision of what is “Brand New Blues.” Guest appearances include brother and fellow Meter Art Neville (Organ) Ivan Neville (Organ), Ian Neville (Guitar), Tab Benoit (Guitar), Waylon Thibodeaux (Washboard) and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone on harmonica The sessions were recorded in Brooklyn NY, Austin TX, Houma LA & New Orleans LA.