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Interview:
All-star Royal Southern Brotherhood is a priority for its members
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Calling Royal Southern Brotherhood a "supergroup" isn't out of line -- not with Cyril Neville of New Orleans' famed Neville Brothers, Gregg Allman's son Devon and active artist producer Mike Zito in the lineup.

But Allman prefers to soft-pedal the hyperbole

"That's more for the press or for other people to talk about," says Allman, ??, who also released ?? albums of his own. "It's interesting; I like to think that's not just for the Neville Brothers/Allman Brothers relations but also a nod to the work ethic that all of us as individuals have shown. That's the important thing to me.

"I mean, really, we're still kind of a new band getting to know each other musically and loving the opportunity to play together."

Since forming in 2011 RSB has released a studio album as well as a live CD/DVD recorded and filmed in Germany -- the latter of which won a Blues Music Award for DVD of the Year. Allman says a second studio album is in the works, and there's no doubt RSB will remain a going concern even amidst the group members' other endeavors.

"It's a priority for us," Allman confirms. "I think when we first started it, we thought, 'Oh, this'll be nice. When we have time to get away from the solo careers we'll be able to get together and do this. This is kind of a secondary thing.'

"But once we made the (debut) record and hit the road, that dynamic flipped. It's so powerful, this has become the main thing. When we have time to take away from this, then we'll do the solo stuff. It's very cool to have it working out that way."

Royal Southern Brotherhood performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $35 and $25. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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